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2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Widen Your Hearts

How could you still not understand?!

If it were not for Jesus and the promise He gave NO ONE would endure what the cross requires. Paul lists what he has personally faced on account of Jesus. He could not do it alone and would have no desire if it were not the truth.

Paul is crying out to those still in rebellion against his teachings and earlier letters. He has put his whole life on the line for the gospel. Everything he does he does it so others will recognize the salvation Jesus is offering.

I can almost see him looking dumbfounded at those who still refuse to listen. “What else do I have to do to convince you?” Then he lists the highlights of what he has gone through on behalf of the gospel. “Great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger” (verses 4-5). Then he lists how they faced all this. “By purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left” (verses 7-8). Read more »