this is our boast

Read 2 Corinthians 1:12-14.

Some Christians see confidence as an elusive dream. To them, confidence of faith before God and in dealings with others is like a feather blowing in the wind – elusive, at best, and fragile, even if caught.

Other Christians tend to see Christian confidence as something akin to arrogance. To them, an expression of confidence or assurance is a sure sign that a person thinks too highly of themselves.

Paul saw confidence as neither elusive or cocky, but something he possessed. In fact, he speak of such Christian confidence as godly sort of “boasting” nearly 30x in this one letter, far more often than all the references in the rest of the NT combined. And the foundation for his confidence (“boasting”) is the testimony of his conscience to having lived toward others “with integrity and godly sincerity.”

What does that mean? It means he had no hidden motives or agenda. He was not good to others because he sought some selfish gain from his relationships. He said what he meant and meant what he said. It means he practiced what he preached; that he so spoke and lived the gospel with absolute clarity and reliance on God’s good grace.

God my father, as you have given me great grace, help me to live and speak today with holiness of heart and word toward others. May my service to others flow from my submission to you. And as I submit and serve, bathe my conscience with the confidence and assurance that only you can give, to the end that I will serve you all the more completely and consistently. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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