Fifth Day of the Fast of the Holy Cross
II Corinthians 10:7-17
II Corinthians 10:7-17
 Look at what is before your eyes. If any one is confident that he is Christ’s, let him remind himself that as he is Christ’s, so are we.
 For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I shall not be put to shame.
 I would not seem to be frightening you with letters.
 For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.”
 Let such people understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present.
 Not that we venture to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another, and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.
 But we will not boast beyond limit, but will keep to the limits God has apportioned us, to reach even to you.
 For we are not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach you; we were the first to come all the way to you with the gospel of Christ.
 We do not boast beyond limit, in other men’s labors; but our hope is that as your faith increases, our field among you may be greatly enlarged,
 so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s field.
 “Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.”
 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us.”
 But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me.
 For he that is not against us is for us.
 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his reward.
 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.
 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell.
 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell,
 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.
 For every one will be salted with fire.
 Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its saltness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
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