“9) We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. 10) Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.” -2 Corinthians 6:9,10
In writing to the Corinithians, Paul was telling them about his hardships. And even in his hardships, he doesn’t fail to see what he has. What a tremendous word. It’s easy to SAY that you still have joy even though your heart aches. But you can’t say you have joy and live bitterly. Joy comes from the Lord, and even in heart ache, joy is there.
Paul implored the Corinthians to open their hearts. He called them friends. He did not condemn them. He did all of this with love so that they’d turn from their ways. Someone who live bitterly wouldn’t bother to show this much compassion and care for a people in need. But rather someone who is filled with joy, with God’s love and is compelled to share it.Paul, in his hardships, doesn’t forget the greatness of God. Because His greatness is greater than ANY hardship.