1Since we work together with him, we are also begging you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2He says, I listened to you at the right time, and I helped you on the day of salvation.#Isa 49:8 Look, now is the right time! Look, now is the day of salvation! 3We don’t give anyone any reason to be offended about anything so that our ministry won’t be criticized. 4Instead, we commend ourselves as ministers of God in every way. We did this with our great endurance through problems, disasters, and stressful situations. 5We went through beatings, imprisonments, and riots. We experienced hard work, sleepless nights, and hunger. 6We displayed purity, knowledge, patience, and generosity. We served with the Holy Spirit, genuine love, 7telling the truth, and God’s power. We carried the weapons of righteousness in our right hand and our left hand. 8We were treated with honor and dishonor and with verbal abuse and good evaluation. We were seen as both fake and real, 9as unknown and well known, as dying—and look, we are alive! We were seen as punished but not killed, 10as going through pain but always happy, as poor but making many rich, and as having nothing but owning everything.