We are afflicted (2 Cor. 4:8)

“We are afflicted

In every way,

But not crushed.

We are perplexed,

But not driven to despair.”

ἐν παντὶ θλιβόμενοι ἀλλ’ οὐ στενοχωρούμενοι, ἀπορούμενοι ἀλλ’ οὐκ ἐξαπορούμενοι,

Paul said that we are afflicted in every way (ἐν παντὶ θλιβόμενοι), but not crushed (οὐ στενοχωρούμενοι).  We are perplexed (ἀπορούμενοι), but not driven to despair (ἀλλ’ οὐκ ἐξαπορούμενοι).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word στενοχωρούμενοι, that means to be made narrow, to compress, tight place, pressed upon, cramped, or restrained, and the word ἐξαπορούμενοι, that means to be utterly at a loss, be in despair, or without resources.  Paul appeared to be like a Stoic philosopher who did not let things bother him.  No matter how bad things got for a Christian missionary, he was going to carry on.  He was afflicted in lots of ways, but he was never crushed or restrained.  He was perplexed, but never gave up or despaired.  He continued on.  Nothing would keep him from his divine mission.  Paul explained the motivation for Christian missionaries.  They never gave up even in the face of many personal difficulties.  Do you get discouraged easy?

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