Of all the letters Paul wrote, 2 Corinthians is the most autobiographical. In it the great apostle lifts the veil of his private life and allows us to catch a glimpse of his human frailties and needs.
Insight for Today
Written by Chuck Swindoll, these encouraging devotional thoughts are published seven days per week.
Being a loving Christian doesn’t excuse us from reporting the hard thing. The river of love must be kept within its banks. Truth on one side, discernment on the other.
Looking for a role model on how to handle criticism? It would be worth your while to check out the book of Nehemiah. On several occasions this great-hearted statesman was openly criticized, falsely accused, and grossly misunderstood.
Tough days. We all have them. And most of us, if we’re honest, must admit we don’t handle them well. Others who love us try to help, but they tend to complicate matters.
Tough days. We all have them. Some are worse than others. Like the one the hard-hat employee reported when he tried to be helpful.
We’ve been talking about what I’m calling “witch hunting,” the phenomenon affecting our world in which people are eager to find the Devil in every nook and cranny and to blame him for just about everything.
There is a general heading under which all this falls. It’s called “witch hunting.” Not just blaming Satan for every evil action, but finding him in every nook and cranny...thinking that he is the subtle force behind all wicked events and encounters.
To you who are tempted to turn back...I urge you instead to “stand firm...act like men, be strong”! The benefits of determination far outweigh the alternate course.
Like an anger-blind, half-starved rat prowling in the foul-smelling sewers below street level, so is the person caged within the suffocating radius of selfish jealousy. Trapped by resentment and diseased by rage, he feeds on the filth of his own imagination.
I really feel sorry for Eutychus. It was bad enough for the fella to fall asleep in church while Paul was preaching...he even fell out the window to his death three stories below!