August 17th 2 Corinthians, 6
1: We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2: (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 3: Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 4: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 5: In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 6: By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 7: By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8: By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; 9: As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10: As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. 11: O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. 12: Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. 13: Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
Paul continues to call the Corinthian believers to be restored to God. Not to be saved or to be saved again, but to be restored. Paul says, as men working alongside God, we call on you to not let your Christian profession turn out to be empty after all. (God has said previously, I heard you in time and in the day of your salvation have I blessed you. Now is the acceptable time and now is the day of your salvation.) Do not be offended by our ministry. In every way we are approved as servants of God. Our ministry is in much long suffering, we are daily in need of the necessities of life, even in times of very great need, We suffer punishment, imprisonment, riots, hard work, nights of sleeplessness, days of hunger, But by pure motives, and by knowledge, by the kindness of God and men, and by the enabling of the Holy Spirit, and by our sincere love for God, by the word of truth and in the power of God we serve the Lord. We are protected by the armour of righteousness on both sides. Our ministry is honoured by some and dishonoured by others. Some give an evil report of our ministry but others a good report. We are treated as deceivers but yet our ministry tells the truth. We are like men unknown - yet we are well known. We are treated as dead men - yet we live for God. We are punished in our ministry - yet we have not died yet. We are full of sorrow in some ways - yet our hearts are overflowing in joy. We are poor men - yet we make many men rich toward God. We have no possessions - yet we possess everything. Then Paul’s heart bursts in a call for the Corinthian believers, he says, our speech addresses you and our minds are magnified toward you. You are not upsetting us, but in love we are upset, when we think of you. I would hope that you too were upset in the same way as us. (I say this as if I am talking to children) – Have a large heart toward us.