Tuesday 22 October, 2013

2 Corinthians 1:12-14

12 Here is what we take pride in. Our sense of what is right and wrong gives witness that we have acted in God’s holy and honest ways. That is how we live in the world. We live that way most of all when we are dealing with you. Our way of living is not wise in the eyes of the world. But it is in keeping with God’s grace. 13 We are writing only what you can read and understand. And here is what I hope. 14 Up to this point you have understood some of the things we have said. But now I hope that someday you will be able to take pride in us, just as we will take pride in you on the day the Lord Jesus returns. When you are able to do that, you will understand us completely.

Paul expresses here in these verses a selfless approach to the Corinthian believers. Paul acted with integrity and sincerity, relying upon the grace of God, to help these believers understand what the Christian life looked like. And all of this was in order that Paul can ultimately boast of their faith and progress to God on the day of the Lord Jesus.

Paul lived constantly aware of his impact upon, and example for, those around him. Indeed, he lived to be a boaster on behalf of other people. Boasting about their faith, growth, and progress in God. As such, he laboured and strove for their progress and their faith. God is showing me an example that I am called to follow, especially with the constant temptation in our world today to promote self at the expense of everyone else.

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Help me, Lord, be a boaster in the growth, progress, and faith of other people. As such, help me to be an example of growth and progress they can follow, help me inspire and activate that growth in them, so that on the day you return, I will have a worthy boast – not in myself or my achievements, but in being used by you to stir the growth and faith of those around me.

Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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