2 Corinthians 6:3-10


One of my favorite passages that Paul wrote is when he was addressing the Christians in Corinth on his faithful ministry. Below is what he wrote, following with the same passage in first person. When read this way, it serves as personal encouragement, accountability, and self-awareness on where I stand with Christ and how I persevere as a Christian. It almost can stand alone as a personal statement of faith and also to further solidify the admiration and respect that we all have come to feel for Paul. A man who walked what he talked.

3 We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. 4 In everything we do, we 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 prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. 6 We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us,[a] and by our sincere love. 7 We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. 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 impostors. 9 We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. 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.

(first person)

3 I live in such a way that no one will stumble because of me, and no one will find fault with my ministry. 4 In everything I do, I show that I am a true minister of God. I patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. 5 I have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. 6 I prove myself by my purity, my understanding, my patience, my kindness, by the Holy Spirit within me,[a] and by my sincere love. 7 I faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in me. I use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. 8 I serve God whether people honor me or despise me, whether they slander me or praise me. I am honest, but they call me impostor. 9 I am ignored, even though I am well known. I live close to death, but I am still alive. I have been beaten, but I have not been killed. 10 My heart aches, but I always have joy. I am poor, but I give spiritual riches to others. I own nothing, and yet I have everything.

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