Sometimes You Just Can't Win - Thursday, December 18th 2014
"Did I commit sin in humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you free of charge?"
Can you imagine having the apostle Paul as a pastor? When we think of Paul we think of the "perfect pastor" whom everyone loved and yet, 2 Corinthians 11 paints a different story. In this powerful, yet sad chapter, Paul is forced to defend himself against people in the church who were coming against him.
There were those in the church in Corinth who were saying that Paul was only in it for the money (even though he did not receive anything from them), and there were people in that church that saw him as a lesser teacher because he did not demand that they pay him. In the end, Paul could not win. Why did Paul NOT receive funds from them? Because they acted like they didn't want to give, like they couldn't afford to give, and acted like they shouldn't have to give. They could have sown into Paul's ministry and shared the benefits and blessings but because of their selfishness, they missed a glorious opportunity. Paul knew this and yet, he loved them anyway. He spoke Truth in love, hoping that they would see the Truth. So, it is with our lives. There are times we will speak the Truth in love and others will not listen. If they don't, love them through it and allow the Lord to use your gentle witness to impact their life forever.
Life Lesson: You can't win with some people but keep trying with most.
There are people in my life that I struggle with. Help me to be a loving witness to them. Give me opportunities to share the Truth in love while being sensitive and patient with the work of Your Spirit. Also, if I am the issue, please help me to be aware of it so that I can bring it to You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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