ISSL Reflections August 29, 2021 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10 Post 1

I.
As you read this week’s focus passage, what begins to capture your attention?

He asks us to “not lose heart” and then in the course of these few words “helps” us see some of the reasons why we might “lose heart.”

Does this hold your attention or do you want to better understand what he means by “this slight affliction”?

II.
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10

So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling— if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan under our burden, because we wish not to be unclothed but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

III.
Does this passage “encourage” you in any way?

Sometimes folks try to encourage one another by completely focusing on the “upbeat” things and trying to ignore what discourages us. This seems not the case with Paul here.

How is it for you?

Do you come away from reading this passage encouraged or do you more find reason to be discouraged?

charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}


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