Yet we who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God, not to us.
We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair;
there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.
At all times we carry in our mortal bodies the death of Jesus, so that his life also may be seen in our bodies.
Throughout our lives we are always in danger of death for Jesus' sake, in order that his life may be seen in this mortal body of ours.
This means that death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
The scripture says, "I spoke because I believed." In the same spirit of faith we also speak because we believe. 114
We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus to life, will also raise us up with Jesus and take us, together with you, into his presence.
All this is for your sake; and as God's grace reaches more and more people, they will offer to the glory of God more prayers of thanksgiving.
For this reason we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day.