We work hard with our own hands. When we are insulted, we respond with a blessing; when we are harassed, we put up with it.
1 Corinthians 4:12
Here we are in Corinth again—a city with restless people, often angry, proud and competing with one another. Each person wants to be Number One. St. Paul shares with his new Christians the suffering that he and they are having as this new way of live clashes with worldly, selfish power. Listen closely to verses 10 and following, where in a few sentences, St. Paul describes what a tough time he is having.
But you know, it is worth it for Paul. Like the writer of yesterday’s Psalm 38, his suffering brings him not only closer to God, but results in more love for the struggling Christians of Corinth. He encourages them to know that God’s Kingdom is the one with real power, and not the phony show of power of the world. Imagine you are one of those faithful ones listening to St. Paul’s letter for the very first time.
Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…
Never judging anyone v. 5
Wishing well when others hurt v. 12
When cursed at, using kind words v. 13
Your kingdom: not words, but pow’r v. 20
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