2 Corinthians 6. Forum Discussion

Serving God in good times and bad

Paul writes to the Corinthian church and urges them not to receive God’s grace, “In vain.” The definition of in vain is, “Without success.” Paul is trying to help them be successful in their Christian walk and to receive God’s abundant grace the right way.

In verse 2 Paul quotes an old testament scripture found in Isaiah 49:8, “At the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.” The scripture is written from God’s perspective, meaning that when it says, “I listened to you,” and, “I helped you,” it is referring to God doing both of those things.

Paul makes it a point to tell them how he and his fellow servants of God are servants in both good times and bad. He lists the things that they either have endured serving God, or that they are willing to endure. Starting in 2 Corinthians 6:4, Paul lists these things to include:

  • Afflictions
  • Hardships
  • Distresses
  • Beatings
  • Imprisonment
  • Riots
  • Sleeplessness
  • Hunger

Paul also mentions the blessings that he has received while serving God. These include:

  • Purity
  • Knowledge
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Genuine love
  • Understanding

The point that Paul is making here is that he is not a fair-weather servant. He is a servant of God for better or for worse, in good times and in bad. This was written as an example for us to follow. God commands us to put him first, above all else. Not just in good times. Not just in bad times. But always.

When we do this, God will take care of the rest. As it says in Mathew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

One final point, Paul is pleading with the Corinthians to act now and get right with God. He warns them about the dangers of being bound together with unbelievers.

“For what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?  Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?  Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols.” – 2 Corinthians 6:14

It is time for them to turn away from their sinful past. As Paul puts it in verse 2, “Behold, now is the ‘acceptable time,’ behold, now is, ‘the day of salvation.’”

The Hebrew writer says in Hebrews 3:15, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”

The time for us to follow Jesus is now. Do not wait another day!

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at 2 Corinthians 7 and the importance of cleansing ourselves from defilement of the flesh and spirit. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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Rodgers miller opiyo

When we experience all the challenges does God know that we are leaning of His promises, but the hardship come to us why and when shall God say its over for my people to suffer , in good time we call His name in bad time we call His name which one the good time and the bad time if we are in His presence all the time ?

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Is it easier to serve God in good times or times of adversity?

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Dan W
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My own experience is that hardships that are out of anyone's control help us to see that we need God's control. But hardships of our own choosing or because of the behavior of others tend to make us focus less on God and try to regain control of self and others. "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10) is the lesson I need regardless.

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Dan W

Amen!

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Michael
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I think for a lot of us, it is during times of adversity that we are most aware of God. There is the old saying, "There are no atheists in fox holes." That implies that during bad times we are more receptive to God and His plan for us. The key to spiritual maturity is to "manage success" and serve God in the good times also.

It should not take a crisis for us to turn to God, but that is somewhat human nature.

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