What we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present.
2 Corinthians 10:11
READ 2 CORINTHIANS 10:1–11
A friend of mine—okay, it was my counselor—drew a stick figure on a sheet of paper. She labeled this the “private” self. Then she drew an outline around the figure, about a half-inch larger, and named it the “public” self. The difference between the two figures, between the private and public selves, represents the degree to which we have integrity.
I paused at her lesson and wondered, Am I the same person in public that I am in private? Do I have integrity?
Paul wrote letters to the church in Corinth,weaving love and discipline into his teachings to be like Jesus. As he neared the end of this letter (2 Corinthians), he addressed accusers who challenged his integrity by saying he was bold in his letters but weak in person (10:10). These critics used professional oratory to take money from their listeners. While Paul possessed academic prowess, he spoke simply and plainly. “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,” he had written in an earlier letter, “but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power” (1 Corinthians 2:4). His later letter revealed his integrity: “Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent,we will be in our actions when we are present” (2 Corinthians 10:11).
Paul presented himself as the same person in public that he was in private.Are we one way in public or while in the view of others and another when we think no one is watching? Do we treat strangers,co-works or business associates better than our own spouses and children? What does God think about our integrity according to his standards is he pleased? God is the same yesterday,today and forever. He has set the plumb line.The standard we are to use to measure ourselves in order for the foundation to be firm to with stand all forces against it. Square + level = plum,if either are off just a fraction of an inch the entire foundation is rendered useless and will collapse over time. How may you honor God more fully with complete integrity?
REFLECT & PRAY
Dear God, help me to be myself first in You in private, that I might present myself with integrity as the same person in public. By Elisa Morgan
In 2 Corinthians 10:4 Paul writes, “The weapons [Christians] fight with are not the weapons of the world. . . . They have divine power to demolish strongholds” (the obstacles of sin and evil opposed to the truth of God). These spiritual weapons include truth, righteousness,faith,the Spirit,the Word of God,love,and the hope of salvation (Ephesians 6:11-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:8). We stand against evil through our relationship with the Son and the power of prayer and God’s Word.
As believers the life-changing wisdom of the Bible should be our guide line,the standard in which we are to operate in our daily lives privately and publicly in order to touch those around us for the glory of Christ.
Biblical ‘plumb line’ remains a relevant allegory – Los …
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Strong’s Hebrew. 594. anak — to plummet … Word Origin of uncertain derivation Definition to plummet NASB Word … Christ is the Divine plumb-line and standard of measurement
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