…in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love…
2 Corinthians 6:5-6
In my last post, I talked about hard work, now we’ll go on from there.
Sleepless Nights – The Greek word used here literally means awake. In the New Testament, it’s normally used to mean keep watch. The Scripture teaches that church leaders keep watch over the souls in their care (Hebrews 13:17).
Those who are in leadership can’t afford the luxury of falling asleep spiritually. We need to stay alert as to what’s happening in society around us. We also need to be listening to what the Holy Spirit would have us speak.
Hunger – This is not the normal word for being hungry. It’s a choice to abstain from eating food. I believe that it should rightly be translated fasting, as it is in the KJV.
If you read my blog regularly, you know that I think fasting should be a normal part of any Christian’s life. So for those who are following the call of God in their life, it’s a necessity.
Purity – this literally means cleanness in the original. We need to keep ourselves spiritually clean.
Does that mean we need to live a perfect life? Absolutely not. What it does mean, is that we’re always quick to repent when we realize that we’ve missed the mark. Don’t let a day go by without confessing your sin to the Lord.
Understanding – In the above verse, this word simply means knowledge. I believe that we need to constantly be learning and growing in our knowledge. That not only includes Scripture but also the world around us.
Technology is changing so rapidly, and we need to be aware of these things. Each day brings new advantages to how we present the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Always stay teachable and open.
Patience – In the Greek, this is a compound word. It means long tempered. A true minister doesn’t get immediately angry in a bad situation. They don’t let their emotions carry them away.
We have to be careful to always be led by the Holy Spirit. We can’t afford to do or say something that we’ll end up regretting later.
If you have an anger problem, it will help if you spend time in the Lord’s presence. Intimacy with the Holy Spirit brings great changes in our lives.
We’ve covered a lot of ground in these last two posts and we’re not finished yet. Don’t get discouraged. None of us are perfect, but this gives us something to strive for. I’ll continue this in my next post.
Question: How do you see these qualities at work in your ministry?
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