“Working together with Him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain …” (v1). Paul said in the previous chapter that God was reconciling the world to Himself through Christ, and that we as believers are “working together with Him” as ambassadors to make the message of gospel clear and credible (5:20). In Paul’s case, his own experiences of hardships, beatings, sleepless nights, as well as the power of God and genuine love, were being used by God to make Christ known.
“Through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise …” (v8). In God’s hands, even difficult experiences can draw us closer to His heart and help us to reflect Christ more.