Devotions for August 29, 2017

2 CORINTHIANS 4:7-12

7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.[a] This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. 12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.

WE ARE LIKE CLAY

In this passage, Paul describes what we’ll encounter as Christians and the results of these trials

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Throughout this passage, Paul writes that we’ll face troubles, confusion, and persecution. What can we learn about God based on how He will provide in these circumstances?
Q: We all face trials and trouble in our lives, yet few focus on what it can produce in us. What are the results of having faced trials and trouble without God?
Q: We can have hope in our pain because we recognize that as a result: “the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.” What does the life of Christ look like in you?

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