Paul’s problems, difficulties, hardships and sufferings only served to put his reliance and trust on Christ.

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Regardless of the cost we are to follow Christ. Not for self-promotion, but Christ-promotion.

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Paul is determined that he must respond to his rivals boasting with his own boasts to protect his flock.

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Paul continues his defense by pointing out the arrogance of his rivals.

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Paul prefers to use persuasion rather than rail at the Corinthians and to use reasoned arguments to coax them rather than beat them into submission.

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Paul cites Scripture to encourage giving generously and freely because God loves a cheerful giver and to remind them that God provides all that is necessary for generosity.

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Paul informs them of the envoys he is sending to collect and deliver the financial gift to the churches of Judea.

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Paul encourages the Corinthians to live up to the Macedonian example as he sends Titus to finish the collection that the Corinthians had started in 1 Corinthians 16:1-4.

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Paul is comforted when he receives news from Titus that the Corinthians have responded with repentance to his “tearful letter.”

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The alliances of the Corinthian Church were tarnishing the testimony of the Church and its members and muted the ministry of reconciliation entrusted to them.

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