2 Corinthians 4

Read 2 Corinthians 4.

What’s love got to do with it? Paul’s making it clear to the Corinthian believers that the way of Jesus is not easy–afflicted in every way, perplexed, persecuted, stuck down, and given over to death for Jesus’ sake. Why? Because the god of this world has blinded the hearts and minds of unbelievers to the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. With such a dire assessment of the situation, we might wonder why Paul was willing to endure so much difficulty as he followed Jesus. He tells us why in verse 15–it’s for love. Or as he says it, “[15] For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.” Paul was motivated by his love for others and his mission to see grace extended more and more. He had seen the power of the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and he would not be distracted or deterred by anything. More grace. More gratitude. More glory for God. How does your love for others fuel your endurance in grace and gratitude?

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