Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.
but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,
"Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.
And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness " Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
"But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.
So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor.
who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake.
we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,
and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
Great is my confidence in you; great is my boasting on your behalf I am filled with comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction.
For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.
Are they servants of Christ?--I speak as if insane--I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death.
For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions.
therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
and you have perseverance and have endured for My name's sake, and have not grown weary.