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2 Corinthians 4:8-10 We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We often don't know what to do, but we don't give up. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed. So we constantly experience the death of Jesus in our own bodies, but this is so that the life of Jesus can also be seen in our bodies.

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It’s easy to imagine that if you honour God, if you set out with all your heart to follow Jesus, that somehow the going’s going to be easy.

I was with a group of Christian leaders recently at our annual conference; we’ve become like a family over the years. And as we serve the Lord, each in our particular corner of God’s vineyard, it’s so wonderful to come together and share in each other’s stories. The annual conference is great, but the fellowship, well it’s more like food for the soul.

What struck me this year was, that in the lives of these men and women, there were tough stories. Sad stories. I sat with quite a number of them and listened to their struggles, their challenges, their hurts and their losses.

God’s doing so much in the lives through these godly men and women, and yet, there’s this humble, broken reality. It seems like such a stark contradiction – the amazing impact of their lives on the one hand, and the trials and suffering on the other.

But as I thought and prayed some more, what I came to see, was the body of Christ. That’s what God calls His people – His body. Beaten. Bloodied. Apparently defeated. And yet, strangely victorious.

Such a gritty reality in this Jesus. Such a gritty reality in His people.

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We often don’t know what to do, but we don’t give up. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed. So we constantly experience the death of Jesus in our own bodies, but this is so that the life of Jesus can also be seen in our bodies.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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