2CorinthiansPaul wasn’t always the most popular person in the pulpit. That was true with the people of Corinth.  His first letter was firm and forceful. In this, his second approach to the same body of believers, he appeals to them in perhaps a gentler, kinder way. He opens his heart and bares his soul.  He talks of his own pain and struggles.  Here is a saint who wasn’t afraid to be transparent and vulnerable.

He gives us in this book perhaps our best instruction on comforting those who suffer.  He learned the hard way that Christ says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).  That’s a lesson that will carry us through anything and everything we face in life.

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