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Boast in the Lord (2 Corinthians 10:12~18)
12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
13 We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the field God has assigned to us, a field that reaches even to you.
14 We are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ.
15 Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our area of activity among you will greatly expand,
16 so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do not want to boast about work already done in another man's territory.
17 But, "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
Do Not Dare to Compare (10:12–16)
As Paul continues to defend himself against his critics, he mentions that his rivals like to compare themselves to others, taking pride in their belief that they are “better.” In contrast, Paul refuses to compare himself with these self-important men. He does not go beyond the limits of his authority and take credit for work done by others. Instead, he reveals that his purpose as an apostle is not to gain the praise of others but to carry out the work of God and see the Gospel expand to surrounding regions. In a world that places so much emphasis on self, we should be like Paul and remember to keep the Gospel—not ourselves—at the center of everything we do.
- When have you been tempted to compare yourselves with others? As Christians, how should we measure ourselves?
Declare His Greatness (10:17–18)
When Paul talks about boasting in the Lord, some people might misinterpret this to mean that Christians can take pride in the fact that we have been chosen by God and others have not. But the boasting Paul speaks of does not refer to an act that makes us feel superior to others; it is simply a declaration of God’s greatness. To boast only in the Lord means to not draw attention to ourselves or seek our own glory but to glorify God in everything we do and direct people’s praises to Him. God is the ultimate judge, and the only commendation that matters is the one that comes from Him.
- What do you usually boast in? What needs to change in your thoughts, words, and deeds to help you boast only in the Lord?
A letter to God
Lord, the only opinion that matters in this world is Yours. I confess that I am often proud and crave the praise of others. Help me to be humble and recognize that all good things are gifts from You. I want to boast in You alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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