2 Corinthians 6:1-13 - Afflictions Of God's Servants
1 Invested then with such a commission, I beseech you let not the offers of divine favour be made to you in vain. 2 for he saith, " I have heard thee in a favourable time, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee." now this is the favourable time; this is that day of salvation.
3 as for us, we give no occasion of offence, that our ministry may not be blamed: 4 but in all things I approve myself as the minister of God, by great constancy in afflictions, in torments, in distresses, from stripes, 5 from imprisonments, from tumults, from labours, from watchings, from penury. 6 I approve myself, by chastity, by knowledge, by meekness, by kindness, by sanctity of mind, by undisguised benevolence, 7 by the preaching of truth, by the power of God, by the arms of justice, both offensive and defensive. 8 in honour and disgrace, under infamy, and in repute: look'd upon as an impostor, while I say what is true; 9 as unknown, and yet celebrated; as dying, and yet I am alive; as chastised, but not slain; 10 as sorrowful, though always cheerful; as poor, tho' inriching many; as having nothing, though contented with every thing.
11 O Corinthians, my heart is so full, my tongue cannot be silent: 12 our affections are as enlarged towards you, as yours are contracted towards us. 13 I address myself to you as a parent, be not you wanting in the returns of filial respect to me.