Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How much do our hard times weigh?

The list of Paul's sufferings is overwhelming:
  • far greater labors
  • far more imprisonments
  • countless beatings
  • often near death
  • 5 times forty lashes less one
  • 3 times beaten with rods
  • stoned once
  • shipwrecked 3 times--a night and a day I was adrift at sea
  • frequent journeys
  • in danger from rivers
  • danger from robbers
  • danger from his own people
  • danger from Gentiles
  • danger in the city
  • danger in the wilderness
  • danger at sea
  • danger from false brothers
  • in toil and hardship
  • sleepless nights
  • hungry and thirsty
  • often without food
  • in cold and exposure
  • and daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. (2 Corinthians 11:16-29)
And yet he sees these as nothing when compared the weight of glory. (2 Corinthians 4:17) What about us?


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