Thorns and all!

A message of hope from a failed apostle

2 Corinthians 12:6-8 (CSB)
For if I want to boast, I wouldn’t be a fool, because I would be telling the truth. But I will spare you, so that no one can credit me with something beyond what he sees in me or hears from me, especially because of the extraordinary revelations. Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so that I would not exalt myself.
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My Share

Taxes, and tithing; holding and letting go.

Matthew 22:19-21 (CSB)
Show me the coin used for the tax.” They brought him a denarius. “Whose image and inscription is this?” he asked them.
“Caesar’s,” they said to him.
Then he said to them, “Give, then, to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

I’d like to change up what tends to be the typical application of this passage a bit.  We typically reference this as our responsibility to pay legal taxes to the governing bodies. While perhaps this is part of what Jesus was teaching us, I really don’t believe that it was central to His message.  While taxes can become burdensome; Jesus is delivering a message of freedom in these three verses. A message that is much more important than the money we surrender to fund the governmental apparatus.

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