how to be
For I think God has displayed us, the apostles, in last place, like men condemned to die: we have become a spectacle to the world and to angels and to men.
We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
Up to the present hour we are both hungry and thirsty; we are poorly clothed, roughly treated, homeless;
we labor, working with our own hands. When we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;
when we are slandered, we entreat. We are, even now, like the world's garbage, like the filth of all things.
But in everything, as God's ministers, we commend ourselves: by great endurance, by afflictions, by hardship, by pressures,
by beatings, by imprisonments, by riots, by labors, by sleepless nights, by times of hunger,
by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,
by the message of truth, by the power of God; through weapons of righteousness on the right hand and the left,
through glory and dishonor, through slander and good report; as deceivers yet true;
as unknown yet recognized; as dying and look-- we live; as being chastened yet not killed;
as grieving yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing yet possessing everything.
Now I, Paul, make a personal appeal to you by the gentleness and graciousness of Christ-- I who am humble among you in person, but bold toward you when absent.
For it is said, "His letters are weighty and powerful, but his physical presence is weak, and his public speaking is despicable."
Or did I commit a sin by humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you free of charge?
labor and hardship, many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, often without food, cold, and lacking clothing.
especially because of the extraordinary revelations. Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so I would not exalt myself.
Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me.
But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may reside in me.
So because of Christ, I am pleased in weaknesses, in insults, in catastrophes, in persecutions, and in pressures. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
He found him in a desolate land, in a barren, howling wilderness; He surrounded him, cared for him, and guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
You sent Your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold Your manna from their mouths, and You gave them water for their thirst.
For this is what the LORD said to me with great power, to keep me from going the way of this people:
After I returned, I repented; After I was instructed, I struck my thigh [in grief]. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.
All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.
"Therefore," He said to them, "every student of Scripture instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who brings out of his storeroom what is new and what is old."
But that is not how you learned about the Messiah,
assuming you heard Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus: