16 我再說，誰也不要以為我是愚昧的；就算這樣，也要接納我這個愚昧的人，使我可以稍微地誇口。 17 我這樣滿有自信地誇口，不是照著主所吩咐的，而是好像愚昧人在說話。 18 既然有許多人按著世俗的標準誇口，我也要誇口。 19 你們那麼精明，竟然樂意容忍愚昧的人。 20 如果有人奴役你們，侵吞、榨取你們，向你們趾高氣揚，打你們的臉，你們就容忍吧！ 21 說來慚愧，我們太軟弱了。說句愚昧的話，如果有人在甚麼事上是勇敢的，我也是勇敢的。 22 他們是希伯來人嗎？我也是。他們是以色列人嗎？我也是。他們是亞伯拉罕的後裔嗎？我也是。 23 他們是基督的僕人嗎？說句狂話，我更是。我受更多的勞苦，更多的坐監，受了過量的鞭打，常常有生命的危險。 24 我被猶太人打過五次，每次四十下減去一下， 25 被棍打過三次，被石頭打過一次，三次遇著船壞，在深海裡飄了一晝一夜； 26 多次行遠路，遇著江河的危險、強盜的危險、同族的危險、外族的危險、城中的危險、曠野的危險、海上的危險、假弟兄的危險； 27 勞碌辛苦，多次不得睡覺，又飢又渴，多次缺糧，赤身挨冷。 28 除了這些外面的事，還有為各教會掛心的事，天天壓在我的身上。 29 有誰軟弱，我不軟弱呢？有誰陷在罪裡，我不焦急呢？ 30 如果必須誇口，我就誇自己的弱點。 31 主耶穌的父 神是應當永遠受稱頌的，他知道我沒有說謊。 32 在大馬士革，亞里達王手下的總督把守著大馬士革城，要拘捕我， 33 我就被人放在一個大籃子裡，從城牆的窗戶縋下來，逃脫了他的手。
1 I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me! 2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.
5 I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.”. 6 I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way. 7 Was it a sin for me to lower myself in order to elevate you by preaching the gospel of God to you free of charge? 8 I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so as to serve you. 9 And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed. I have kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so. 10 As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, nobody in the regions of Achaia will stop this boasting of mine. 11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
- Both Jesus’ and Paul’s gentleness was misunderstood as weakness. How has that resulted in blessing (Mt 5:5)? Where, in my life, do I need to embrace their example right now?
- God is still looking for “weak” people in whom to display His strength. Am I willing to “apply” for the job?
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.