Do Not Lose Heart

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Today I spent some time in 2 Corinthians.  I highly recommend taking some time to read this chapter, especially if you need encouragement or a higher perspective.  It is an absolutely beautiful picture Paul paints of what servants of God endure, and yet the hope and the life in it.  It is such a good reminder to me to know that God can use a broken jar of clay like me to show his power and goodness.  I’m so thankful for this.

2 Corinthians: 4:7-18:  But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies…. So we do not lose heart.  Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.  For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.  For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

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