No Obstacles in Anyone’s Way (2 Corinthians 6:3-13)
Enduring the difficulties and hardships of life is a mark of genuine faith in Christ and a powerful way God points people to Christ.
I. The urgency of God’s gracious call to salvation motivates endurance. (1-4a)
II. Endurance in difficulty authenticates our faith in Christ. (4b-10)
III. Transparency about life allows for an honest appeal to others about Christ. (11-13)
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2 Corinthians 6:3-13
3 We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. 13 In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also. (ESV)