The apostle Paul served as a spiritual father to many believers at the birth of the New Testament church. We read about the rebellion of the young Corinthian church and Paul’s great labor to help them grow. We also read of the tears he shed for those he loved, his brothers and sisters in Christ. Having made the case that Jesus is the reconciler of broken relationship between God and man, Paul turns his attention in 2 Corinthian 6 to those who receive this message with open hearts. He commands them to not receive the grace of God in vain but to recognize the favor of God in bringing salvation. Like the early Corinthian church, you and I have an opportunity to persevere in the grace of God by recognizing God’s favor in our life to bring salvation and responding in faithful obedience.