For God says, “At just the right time I heard you. On the day of salvation I helped you.” Indeed the right time is now. Today is the day of salvation.
Paul urges his readers not to ignore the gift of grace. Now is the hour of salvation.
Paul works to avoid causing people to stumble or to find fault with him. He has faced hardships of every kind.
Paul proves his faith by letting the Holy Spirit fill him with love, understanding and purity. He serves God regardless of the response of people.
Therefore, because Paul overflows with love to the Corinthians, he asks them to open their hearts to him.
There are times when serving God is welcomed by the people around us. At other times our work for the Lord is despised and mocked- even by other christians.
How should we respond? Like Paul we must keep our eyes on Jesus. We know that His love never fails. Even if the world rejects us, still Christ’s love sustains us. It is His approval that matters, not the world’s.
Father, help me to stand firm in you when fmaily and friends despise me for your sake. Amen.