2 Corinthians 7:16 Purposeful Measures

2 Corinthians 7:16 (KJV)
I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.

Knowing, as we do, that there was a contingent, however large or small, who were adamantly opposed to the ministry of the Apostle, this passage is remarkable. 

In order for Titus to return from Corinth with a good report he had to have, for the most part, dismissed this negative contingent. For the Apostle Paul to state his confidence in this church, “in all things” he must have had to do the same. 

This is not to say they ignored them. Paul clearly confronts this negative element in subsequent chapters. Therefore, Titus must have given Paul a report concerning them. This suggests that, while aware of the negative element, and willingly addressing it, neither Titus, nor Paul allowed themselves to focus upon them. 

Our nature tends to amplify and remember the negative. It is for that reason we have to take purposeful measures to note and record what is positive. One must choose to focus on what God is doing. In that way what the world does, the negative, diminishes into its appropriate space in our lives. 

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2 Corinthians 7:16 Purposeful Measures

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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