2 Corinthians 4:17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
The same Paul who wrote about how he had been beaten, whipped, stoned, left for dead, (2 Cor 11:24) also wrote that his troubles were small and wouldn’t last very long. So when he speaks of a glory that vastly outweighs the trouble, he is not speaking as someone with minimal experience of trouble but as one who has endured much. Even through all he had endured Paul knew the glory of Jesus’ return and our resurrection was worth any trouble and enough to make any trouble seem small in comparison to the reward.
2 Corinthians 3:6 He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.
We must not forget the Covenant we were brought into wasn’t by the law but by the Spirit. Jesus didn’t pay a price just to get us to heaven but to get His very Spirit into us so we could be His friends and witnesses everywhere we go. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is crucial to our lives and we must allow Him to be an active and ongoing part of our lives in God.
2 Corinthians 1:3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
Our comfort shouldn’t be measured by how well our day is going. Instead it should be measure by our relationship with the Father. The Father is the source of all comfort and He sent the Holy Spirit who is also called The Comforter. Even when we are facing difficult, unknown, or even scary circumstances, if we will engage with the Father then His comfort will come.
1 Corinthians 13:1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
The measure of our faith isn’t our gifting. It isn’t how much we know and understand. It isn’t even how great the power of our faith is or how much we have suffered or given away, instead it is love. Actions motivated by the Love of God bear eternal fruit. Good works done just for show fall flat. God desires us to live from the inside out, motivated by our relationship with Him in love.