As you may already know, we are doing a series of Life Lessons from the Bible based on 2 Corinthians 4.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. ~~2 Corinthians 4:7-9

Lessons from this Passage:

  • “Afflicted in every way, but not crushed” — We realize that our afflictions are given by God and that we won’t be tempted beyond our ability (1 Cor. 10:13). Using that affliction, God is establishing fruit of the Spirit. Amazingly, the Holy Spirit produces fruit in us so that we keep our eyes on Christ.
  • “Perplexed, but not driven to despair” — Persecution is sometimes unusual or “perplexing.” But we aren’t completely devastated. We can still pray for them, encourage them, and love them. Let’s overcome evil with good.

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” ~~Rom. 12:21

  • “Persecuted, but not forsaken” — God will never leave us, nor forsake us.
  • “Struck down, but not destroyed” — His hope was steadfast and immovable. (1 Cor. 15:58) Even if he was destroyed, he could be reminded that he’d go to heaven.

Suggested Application/Spiritual Growth:

  • Put-Off — Don’t be discouraged when persecution or affliction come your way. Expect them.
  • Put-On — Handle the trials to the best of your ability and glorify Christ in those hardships. Overcome evil with good by serving them.
  • Good theology teaches us that God never wastes our pain but uses it for His own glory and for our Christ-likeness!

Join the Conversation/Leave a Comment:

How do you handle trials biblically? What Bible passage did you base your answer on?

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-Mark and Rachel Shaw (considering it all joy to encounter trials — James 1:2-3)