I came across a verse in the King James Bible that had the word ‘redound’. I had to look that word up. It means to contribute greatly to (a persons credit or honor), according to Google, and it also means to overflow, or become swollen, according to Merriam-Webster.
The verse is in 2 Corinthians 4:15, in context:
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Paul wrote this letter to the Christians in Corinth. Chapter 4 is about his ministry. Like Paul, when we share the gospel of Christ, many of us will experience trouble too.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
We have this treasure of the knowledge of Christ in our mortal bodies! We have a wonderful gift that is meant to be shared.
Sharing this gift can lead to persecution, distress, trouble on every side. We are reminded that Jesus suffered too. Don’t be discouraged. These things are temporary.
Paul encourages us that what we have faith in is wonderful; it is not seen; it is eternal. Keep sharing God’s grace until it overflows to His glory, and contributes greatly to His honor.
Dear Jesus, I pray for encouragement for all those who believe and trust in You. I pray that we may be bold, and with wisdom and understanding and thanksgiving, make our requests known to you in prayer. I ask that we would be good ambassadors for You, and share the gospel in truth. Let our thanksgiving overflow for the grace You have given us! In Your Name, Amen.