Vs. 2, “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy…” We sometimes seem to think jealousy is a bad thing, but there is a difference between jealousy & envy. It is right for a husband or wife to be jealous over each other. It is right for a Pastor or Youth Director to have some jealousy over his church. Question: Why was Paul jealous? Because the Corinthians were following others and those others were false teachers! Just as Satan deceived Adam & Eve, so do false prophets deceive the church back then & today. Paul conveys to them how much he loved them by showing them all that he did for them. Paul went on to share of his sufferings…he was not bragging, for he was sharing with them his failings…not his victories.
Regarding application…Giving vs. Taking. Vs. 28, “Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.” The world is like a parasitite, feeding till it gets its fill. Unfortunately, so many Christians have that same attitude when they attend church. “How much can I get?”, and when they don’t get what they want, they go to another church that will give them what they want. Rather, we must ask, “How much can I give?” Sacrifice means giving up something you normally cannot seem to live without. Paul obviously sacrificed so much of himself as we were reminded in this chapter. The more we learn to give, the more we are able to follow Jesus where HE takes us…not where WE want him to go with us. True sacrifice is going where you do not want to go, and often doing what you do not want to do. It’s realizing that you may not receive from what you are giving, but giving anyway. That was the heart of Paul, and that was the heart of Christ, and that must be the heart for each of us!