Re:Verse reading–2 Corinthians 7:5-16 (day three)
“This body of ours had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within.”
There is a triumphalist tendency in popular Christianity which airbrushes and streamlines the rough and tumble of faith in Christ. The result is the prettiest pictures of Christians you could ever imagine: nice, sincere, unflappable, harboring no doubts, no anxieties, no sadness. Rubbish. If you would love your neighbor—a person whose life you can actually affect—it is necessary that you lay bare your weakness. Not your theoretical weakness—as in “I was blind but now I see” or “They are weak but he is strong”—but your actual weakness. Pull back the curtain. The world’s aching need is a vision of somebody confident enough in Christ to struggle before others as a weak person in real time.