Speak The Truth
Posted: Tuesday, August 30
2 Corinthians 4:1-12
Verse of the day:
Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this. (2 Corinthians 4:1-2)
Many Christians are ready to quit, feeling that they are treading water—not achieving anything. But when you talk with them, you discover that they do not see themselves as Paul did, as being the instrument of God at work. Instead, they are focusing on what they are doing for God, or, as they feel at the moment, the work of the ministry. They do not seem to understand the basis for this ministry that Paul is speaking when he refers to the new covenant, the new arrangement for living, which God has provided through His mercy and grace in Christ. It is God’s strength in us that allows us to accomplish what He has called us to—not our own strength, initiative and abilities. When we understand this, then we can persevere with renewed purpose—knowing we are not in this struggle alone, or, on our own behalf.
In these verses, Paul gives us a clear understanding of how the new covenant combats discouragement in the first half of verse 2. He says, “We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's Word”. He continues by saying, “We have turned our backs on the ways and practices that bring discouragement”. That is what Paul used to resist discouragement. His words are still relevant for today—because God’s word stands forever—never changing—it never loses its ability to redeem and encourage.