Difficulties (2 Cor. 6:5)

“We have endured

Beatings,

Imprisonments,

Tumults,

Labors,

Watching,

And hunger.”

ἐν πληγαῖς, ἐν φυλακαῖς, ἐν ἀκαταστασίαις, ἐν κόποις, ἐν ἀγρυπνίαις, ἐν νηστείαις,

Paul said that we have endured beatings (ἐν πληγαῖς), imprisonments (ἐν φυλακαῖς), tumults or riots (ἐν ἀκαταστασίαις), labor (ἐν κόποις), watching or sleepless nights (ἐν ἀγρυπνίαις), and hunger (ἐν νηστείαις).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word ἀγρυπνίαις, that means sleeplessness or watching.  Paul listed all the bad things that had happened to him in his missionary work for Jesus Christ.  He had been beat up, put in prison, and been involved with riots.  Paul had labored and spent many a sleepless night while at the same fasting and hungry.  Paul had suffered just like Jesus to get the message of the Lord across.  Are you willing to endure a little suffering for Jesus Christ?

One thought on “Difficulties (2 Cor. 6:5)

  1. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:

    Sobering reminder of the opposition we face.

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