2 Corinthians 6:1-13 NIV
"As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in
vain. For he says,
'In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.'
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.We put
no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be
discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in
great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings,
imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity,
understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;
in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in
the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good
report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown;
dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always
rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing
We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and
opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you,
but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my
children—open wide your hearts also."
we perceive something is the way we will receive it. We make a choice to look
at a situation as a glass half full or half empty. We can look at how big our
problem is or we can look at how big our God is. We can focus on our
circumstance or we can fix our eyes on Christ. We can look at our overwhelming
situation or we can look at our overcoming Savior.
Paul finds himself with this same decision. In 2 Corinthians 6, he starts
by listing how bad his situation is “in great endurance; in troubles, hardships
and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless
nights and hunger.” But Paul doesn’t stop there. In the second half of verse
nine, he writes, “dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing,
and yet possessing everything.” Paul chose to see the positive in everything
that he went through. He chose to look at his situations in faith and not fear.
Paul, after everything he had been through, able to look at the glass as being
half full? Better yet, how can we take this same perspective on our lives? Well
the Paul who wrote 2 Corinthians is the same Paul who wrote Romans 8:28,
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.” Paul knew that God would work
everything out in his life for God’s glory and for his good. He believed that
if it wasn’t good, it wasn’t over.
What is one time your perception helped change a situation for the better?
Where in your life can you start seeing the positive instead of the negative?
What is one practical way you can begin doing this today?
Taken from NewSpring Church