By His Grace We Do Not Lose Heart
This entire chapter in 2 Corinthians is dealing with enduring hardship for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In verse 8 he writes, “We are troubled on every side” and in verse 11, “We who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus sake.” If we had this alone we would certainly be left in hopeless despair, but he didn’t stop there.
He gives us verse 15 where he speaks of the abundant grace of God that abounds to the glory of God. In verse 16 he tells us that this grace, God’s favor, renews our inner man day by day and in verse 17, “Our light afflictions, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
Finally, in verse 18 he encourages us that our reward is not in what we see around us because these things are temporal, but our reward is in the things we cannot see now for they are eternal. God’s abundant grace is preparing for us an eternal home that is not affected by this temporal world. Thank God for his glorious grace.
This world is not my home, I’m just passing through.
Prayer: Lord, we are committed to allowing your grace to give us the faith and courage to face every obstacle as we continue our journey of faith. We know that hoping in you secures our eternal home. Thank you. In Jesus name. Amen.
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The "Message" section is a summary of the main idea of the devotion:
Message: Our reward is not in what we see around us because these things are temporal, but our reward is in the things we cannot see now for they are eternal. God’s abundant grace is preparing for us an eternal home that is not affected by this temporal world.
The "Affirmation" section is designed to be used as a meditation thought and can even be used in prayer:
Affirmation: My hope is in things with eternal value and I know God is achieving for me an eternal glory that far outweighs my trials.
The "Reflection" section usually contains comments or questions that are good to give some serious thought to:
Reflection: In this devotion we look at the way we are affected by the circumstances around us and the trials of life. What do these verses from 2 Corinthians 4 teach us about how we are to look at the trials of this life?
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