As we examine Paul’s life and ministry which sprang out of what God did in him, we see that great joy flowing through him to others.
“But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles” (Galatians 1:15–16). Imagine God taking pleasure in you because of what you represent through His saving grace – His Son. This is God’s high purpose and calling.
This had a reciprocal effect in Paul that comes out in many of his letters. Consider how we should think of others because of God’s pleasure in us.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful” (1 Corinthians 13:4–5).
“Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor” (10:24).
“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves” (Romans 15:1).
Perhaps these verses become a measuring tool for how much joy we have in God’s pleasure in us.
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