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ARE YOU A SERVANT

April 25, 2017

Tuesday

 

2 Corinthians 6:4

 

but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,

 

 

LESSON

 

Paul proceeded to positively describe how he had conducted himself, to prove that his own reception of God’s grace had not been in vain. He “commended” and defended his ministry, in order to provide the faithful Corinthians with more ammunition to rebut his critics. He cited three groups of trials, and there are three kinds of trials in each group. These he prefaced with a claim to patience, an extremely important quality in an ambassador of Christ.” Afflictions” or “troubles” are oppressive experiences that put various kinds of pressure on one. “Hardships” are difficulties that one cannot diminish. “Distresses” are calamitous situations from which one cannot escape. The Greek word pictures a person trapped in a confining place.

 

The Holy Spirit gives us supernatural empowerment to cope with our suffering. Paul wrote, “Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love.” Ask the Lord to help you experience more of His supernatural power to lift you above any pain, problem or suffering that is troubling you.

 

Memory Verse: Psalm 113:1
The most formidable way to lead is to serve.

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