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Message of the Day: On Proof of One’s Work and Worthless Boasting

But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. (2 Corinthians 10:17-18, NIV)

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Have you been a victim of false accusations? Discredited because of your weaknesses?

While in Corinth, Paul fell victim of unfounded charge by some trouble-makers there. Paul refers to them as ‘super apostles’ and more directly as ‘false apostles’. They repeatedly questioned his authority. They accused him of being weak and coward. There are hints that Paul was relatively short and may have had eye troubles.

However, Paul has concrete proof of his work as an apostle whereas the false apostles has brought nothing but harm and destruction. We all know that his authority was from God by virtue of his experience during his conversion on his way to Damascus. Yet these people claimed that they possess the same authority as that of Paul.

They trespassed on Paul’s ground when they entered Corinth. Something that Paul will never do – he will not interfere with the fruit of someone else’s work. He limited himself to God what told him to do, that is, to be the pioneer missionary to the Gentiles.

There will be people who will always find fault in us. They will do their best to discredit us and our work. People who will work their butt off to grab honor in order to be recognized.

Paul has so many reasons to boast of his performance as a missionary but he chose to be silent and taught us a lesson not to be boastful of our accomplishment for it is worthless boasting. We boast in the Lord and allow him to commend us.

References:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software. olivetree.com

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