Towards the end of 2 Corinthians in The Message Study Bible, Eugene Peterson describes why he likes Paul so much.

Why do I like him so much? Because the life of faith was a passion for him. There’s nothing conventional or dull or routine about the way he pursues Christ. I meet people all the time who want to reduce God to an argument, or whose to think that being religious means having a discussion. For Paul it was risking his entire life in an act of love. I also meet people who seem to think that being a Christian means being nice, and they disguise the unlovely parts of their lives so that they appear to be smiling, polite and well adjusted. For Paul, being a Christian meant plunging into confrontations and encounters that engaged his emotions and his thoughts in a great contest against evil and a great venture into holiness.

Peterson’s description makes Paul the most attractive man I have ever seen, apart from Christ.

This is not a time to sell out, to stop short, to walk away. It is a time to plunge headlong into all that Christ is, to live a life honouring him and imitating the great Apostle Paul.

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