Good Sorrow

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 7:8-16 Nobody likes pain but we learn from it. Nobody likes getting burned, but the caution learned from a little heat may save a life later. No child likes discipline, but the maturity attained by a little forced discomfort makes for wiser adults. Nobody likes the pain of sorrow and trials, but Paul reminds us that pain can produce repentance and salvation. So, even though an earlier letter of his to Corinth caused extreme pain, the …

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Mark Heijerman

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Truly Rich

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 People of power, talent, and wealth can be a great blessing to the church, but Paul reminds us that those who are poor in the things of this world need not feel left out. Indeed, he concludes his own testimony in these verses with those beautiful words, “We live on . . . poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.” Without denying that earthly blessings are wonderful, Paul points out that …

Assessing Others

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Paul had a proper way of looking at people. He regarded no one as just a common earthly being. This attitude contrasts greatly with how most people assess one another. Usually outward appearances and worldly categories are what count the most social status, physical capabilities, wealth, beauty, prestige. Worldly success! Paul balked at these false standards. He knew that he himself failed to reach them. By his own admission he preached not with eloquence and …

Out of Our Minds

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:11-15 One person is zealous. Another writes him off as insane. A sports fanatic paints his body and noisily prances around the stadium. The rest declare him crazy. A woman delights in celebrity concerts and sleeps overnight on the sidewalk to be first for tickets. Her friends think she’s lost it. Similar criticism is often leveled against those with religious zeal. Paul was very zealous in his goal to persuade and win people to Christ. He …