2 Corinthians 1:12-14
12 Here is what we take pride in. Our sense of what is right and wrong tells us how we have acted. We have lived with honor and godly honesty. We have depended on God’s grace and not on the world’s wisdom. We lived that way most of all when we were dealing with you. 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 here is what I hope for when the Lord Jesus returns. I hope that your pride in us will be the same as our pride in you. When this happens, you will understand us completely.
In this passage Paul shares with us how he and his disciples went about teaching the gospel to new believers, in particular here, to the Corinthians. He wrote with words that could be read and understood. He did not try and trick people into believing but simply presented the truth in ways that made sense to the listeners. Knowing that it is God who empowers both the sharer and the listener by his grace and kindness. He helps them focus on Jesus, what he has done to bring them into relationship with him and how to navigate life with Him.
This simple clear teaching (without embellishment, worldly wisdom or false promises) was obviously not common in Paul’s time, as he makes a point in boasting about how “God has kept us uncompromised. Focused on him” (The Message Version). He states that God gave them integrity (New International Version). And because of this, trusting in Gods ways, they can rejoice that the Corinthians have understood, or have begun on their journey of understanding and growing evermore in understanding these great and wonderful truths about God, just as Paul and his disciples have.
Thank you Jesus that you used people of integrity to share the gospel with me, that I, through your grace, have believed and understood, and I continue to grow in understanding of you. Jesus help me to share about you with clarity and integrity too. Help me to hold to Jesus only Jesus, in what I present. And by your grace and truth, please use me to bring others to know you and live in you.
Written by Zoe Stewart