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2 Corinthians 6:3-10 (NIV)
3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience, and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
Name the enemies of righteousness in the story in today’s reading.
Have you had to resist any of these enemies to doing what is right in your life?
If successful in resisting, what did God do to help you?
Holy Father, Paul was a servant of Yours and the results of his life continue to be fruitful over 2000 years and will continue into eternity. As I look at Paul’s life, I feel so challenged. It puts all my problems into perspective. But in his suffering, Paul remained faithful and lived with integrity. To act with integrity, we must first know who you are. We must know what we stand for, what we believe in and what we care most about. Paul had carefully examined these things and brought them out for display. Holy Spirit, You are the one who sets me free to be myself. You are the one who produces fruitfulness in my life. Give me the endurance to overcome problems, the righteousness to live with integrity and the faithfulness to be fruitful for Your kingdom. Amen