Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy shown to us, we do not get discouraged.
Now concerning virgins, although I do not have any command from the Lord, I will give you my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.
who has also qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant, which is not written but spiritual, because the written text brings death, but the Spirit gives life.
That's why we are not discouraged. No, even if outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are being renewed each and every day.
Let's not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
So then, I ask you not to become discouraged because of my troubles on your behalf, which work toward your glory.
In the past I was a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a violent man. But I received mercy because I acted ignorantly in my unbelief,
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we speak very boldly,
All of this comes from God, who has reconciled us to himself through the Messiah and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
I have become a servant of this gospel according to the gift of God's grace that was given me by the working of his power.
Think about the one who endured such hostility from sinners, so that you may not become tired and give up.
Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God. Once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.