2 Cor. 10
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See his speech of no account.” Let such a person understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present. vs. 10-11
I write such godly sounding things in letters, but I know too well my own failings in actually living up to the standards I claim to believe and pursue. There is, however, great value in a consistent life. Lord, make of my life such!
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[without understanding. vs. 12
Comparing myself to others is, of course, wrong. I must compare myself to something, though. A right comparison is against that which God holds me to. I know what He wants of me, but am I doing it? Am I fulfilling the purposes He has laid out for me?
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[?to reach even to you. vs. 13
I must find joy and fulfillment (in a proper sense) in the work that God has assigned to me. Others may do other things, but I am held responsible for using my life, years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds in the occupations that God has given to me. I am not required to change the world. I am only required to influence the sphere that the Lord has placed me into. And the first sphere is my own life. Am I disciplining myself for the Lord’s glory? Or am I bringing shame on His name by lazily meandering through life?
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whom the Lord commends. vs. 17-18
Furthermore, though a disciplined life is fulfilling, the ultimate goal is to glorify the Lord. His glory is all that matters. If I lose this view, I will have no basis for diligence and the pursuit of excellence.
All temporal pleasures are nothing compared to the joy of being commended by God.
I must ask not if others think well of me, but if God is pleased with me.
Am I content with looking alright to my friends while ignoring the knowledge of various shortcomings in my own life? What am I going to do about it?