The Sunday lesson for November 29, 2020.
Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing (2 Corinthians 6:1-12)Phillip Stuckey, November 29, 2020
Part of the Paradoxes of the Bible series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
In 2 Corinthians, Paul writes about his ministry in a series of contrasts. One of them speaks of him being sorrowful, but always rejoicing (2 Cor. 6:10). How is that possible? How can Paul be dealing with sorrow and yet always have joy? Let us consider this paradox and learn that while we will have sorrow in this life, the Christion can also always find joy in the Lord.
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2 Corinthians 6:1–12 (Listen)
6:1 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says,
“In a favorable time I listened to you,
and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections.