The Apostle Paul on Commending Onesself

 

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“For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.” (2 Corinthians 10:18/KJV).

In a recent post I have mentioned that the apostle Paul had to face criticism at Corinth. St. Paul was not overly irritated because some were questioning his authority. He did not feel hurt because of that.

There were those at Corinth who appeared to be superior teachers. They had been trying to gather a following within the Corinthian church fellowship.

Paul did not set out magnifying anything negative about these competitors. Nor did he indulge in stressing all his own good qualities.

In 1 Corinthians 13 he has said: Love does not boast. He did maintain a loving attitude towards the Corinthian believers in spite of the activity of his critics. He kept on teaching them faith and the ways of God.

“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves; but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” (2 Corinthians 10:13/KJV).

Paul was a preacher of the gospel. He was a messenger of the most high. He was one sent by God. Thus it is very obvious that the value of his labours would be assessed by the one who had divinely appointed him.

No matter if he himself thought he was doing alright. Whether others admired him or spoke highly of him was not what counted. It only was really important what God would have to say about his life and his labours.

People would measure him by various standards. Yet the Lord God was requiring him to love people and to be faithful to God’s word.

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“Love Does not Boast!”

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Love does not boast. That is a brief statement of the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13. Today I want to give you a practical example to illustrate what this might mean.

Suppose you meet somebody who is in severe need. Perhaps think of the man in the story of the Good Samaritan. He had been robbed and injured.

What if the Good Samaritan had only given a little drink to this wretched individual and then would have left him to die? Or perhaps he could have cleaned his wounds and then have gone away from him. Would it be right for him to boast about the little good he had done?

Can it ever be right to boast about good deeds accomplished? I do not know. But I suppose a loving heart would rather be empathetic and aware of remaining needs of another.

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