Friday, December 16, 2005

2 Corinthians 6:3-10

3 We try to live in such a way that no one will be hindered from finding the Lord by the way we act, and so no one can find fault with our ministry. 4 In everything we do we try to show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. 5 We have been beaten, been put in jail, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. 6 We have proved ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, our sincere love, and the power of the Holy Spirit. 7 We have faithfully preached the truth. God's power has been working in us. We have righteousness as our weapon, both to attack and to defend ourselves. 8 We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us imposters. 9 We are well known, but we are treated as unknown. We live close to death, but here we are, still alive. We have been beaten within an inch of our lives. 10 Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.

Consider what your actions communicate about Jesus Christ. If you are a believer, you are a minister for God. Everyday unbelievers observe you. Don't let your careless or undisciplined actions be some person's excuse for rejecting Christ. Jesus cares for us regardless of what the world thinks. Christians don't have to give in to public opinion and pressure. Remain joyous and content even in difficult circumstances. If you know Christ as your personal Saviour, you have everything you need.


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