II Corinthians 6:4
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
The first word in this sentence is: But, in this context, it means: contrast, strikingly different, opposing one another. And with this one-word Paul is opposing the verse before:
II Corinthians 6:3
Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
Not giving offense in the ministry, a thing that is judged to be an insult or go against your moral standards in the ministry. But here is the paradox, we approve ourselves.
Have you ever made a mistake, and no-one knew, but you beat yourself up over it time and time again? I have, this is a standard (i.e. a flag or a banner in our mind) that we have set against ourselves. I know by doing a live radio broadcast, I have said things that weren’t quite correct, for that matter; I have done things that were blatantly wrong after I became a Christian. In my mind, I hold myself to a very high standard, but I can never live up to the standard I have set, let alone the standard that Jesus set.
We live in a world full of contradictions, I preach on forgiveness, but I struggle with forgiveness. I’ve said these very words: “But Lord, you know what they did to me.” At this point, I can only ask Jesus to help me forgive them because I can’t. But the one person I struggle with forgiving the most is myself.
Paul goes on to say, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
And here tucked away in this verse is a very unique word that we can easily overlook, necessities.
Necessities, just to keep it simple, is a need that you have, and we need to forgive, by necessity to keep the ministry from being blamed.
Then he follows it with the words, in distresses, how distressful it is when we don’t forgive ourselves, we self-afflict and by this, we cause our own distress.
But Jesus will help us just ask, He gave this assurance:
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
He is: Elohay Selichot
The God Who Is Ready to Forgive