Paul has a ministry to faithfully share the good news about Jesus. He does so trusting God for the results. Knowing he is just a broken vessel filled with God’s power. And if you notice…He keeps it simple. And we should too!
The proof of Paul’s authority and effectiveness in ministry was the Corinthian church itself. Their changed lives were evidence of God’s work through Paul. Is the Spirit actively working in your life? Is there proof? And if so…be bold! Share the gospel with confidence that God is working!
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion 2. then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
There’s a difference between happiness and joy. Joy is not an emotion. It’s a contentment, a confidence…a certainty. That all is well despite our mood, circumstances or emotion. It is lasting and true and it comes from Christ.