“For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.” 2 Corinthians 1:12
Someone once said, “If you live to please people, misunderstandings will depress you, but if you live to please God, you can face misunderstandings with faith and courage.” Have you ever been misunderstood by others because of something you said or did? I know the times I have been misunderstood it has caused me to toss and turn all night long. It appears the apostle Paul experienced some sleepless nights as well. Some in Corinth misunderstood what Paul said regarding his plans to visit them, leading them to accuse him of using fleshly or worldly wisdom.
But in the verse above we see clearly that Paul was not trying to please himself, but God. This truth gave Paul a clear conscience. What is a conscience? Warren Weirsbe said, “Conscience is that inner faculty that works with our spirit and approves when we do right, but accuses when we do wrong. Conscience is not the law of God, but it bears witness of His law.” Paul’s conscience was clear because he lived to please God, and that is what allowed him to face misunderstandings with faith and courage.
It has been said that “a clear conscience is a soft pillow.” If you have been misunderstood because of something you said or did, causing you to experience sleepless nights, then you will not want to miss church this Sunday. Join us as we open 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4 and learn how to “Live to Please God”.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!
This Sunday is Potluck Sunday so bring your favorite dish to share and invite someone to join us for this great day of fellowship!