Anthony Gammage ~ 2 Corinthians 12:11-19
“He is God’s servant for your good.”
2 Samuel 23:3–4
The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has said to me: When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God, he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that
makes grass to sprout from the earth.
2 Corinthians 12:11–19
I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works. For in what were you less favored than the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!
Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. I will most Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. I will most of you through any of those whom I sent to you? I urged Titus to go, and sent the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not act in the same spirit? Did we not take the same steps? Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved.
2 Corinthians 11:8–9
I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you. And when I was with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need. So, I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.
…and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
1 Corinthians 4:3
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
“We point the suffering person to the one place that God has opened up his heart to the world and disclosed his true attitude toward suffering humanity: The cross. Sometimes the only comfort we have to bring is this…we have a suffering God…When people can’t find meaning in tragic events in their lives, they need to be gently guided to another tragic, apparently meaningless event, where God revealed his loving heart to a suffering world – at a place so full of death and agony they called it Golgotha, “The place of the skull”
~Harold L. Senkbeil, The Care of Souls