This letter to the people who PAUL thought respected him refers again and again to his personal trials and joys. He’s writing a pastoral letter about the challenges Jesus followers can expect. But he knows many of his friends had lost respect for him. He’s facing the music. The judgment is harsh. On the other hand, there’s joy when you know the conductor and the part he wants you to play. His judgment is all that matters.

“But neither exile nor homecoming is the main thing. Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing, and that’s what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions. Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad.”

2 Corinthians 5:9-10 MSG