2 Corinthians 10:1-11
I, Paul, make a personal request to you with the gentleness and kindness of Christ. I’m shy when I’m with you, but I’m bossy when I’m away from you! I beg you that when I’m with you in person, I won’t have to boss you around. I’m afraid that I may have to use that kind of behavior with those people who think we live by human standards. Although we live in the world, we don’t fight our battles with human methods. Our weapons that we fight with aren’t human, but instead they are powered by God for the destruction of fortresses. They destroy arguments, and every defense that is raised up to oppose the knowledge of God. They capture every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Once your obedience is complete, we are ready to punish any disobedience.
Look at what is right in front of you! If anyone is sure about belonging to Christ, that person should think again. We belong to Christ just like that person. Even if I went on to brag about our authority, I wouldn’t be ashamed of it. The Lord gave us that authority to build you up and not to destroy you.
I don’t want it to seem like I’m trying to intimidate you with my letters. I know what some people are saying: “His letters are severe and powerful, but in person he is weak and his speech is worth nothing.” These people need to think about this—that when we are with you, our actions will show that we are the same as the words we wrote when we were away from you.
Questions to Ponder:
In your daily life, do you feel empowered by God? Do you recognize the Christ in others ― even those who cause you pain and distress? Do you try to be mindful of the Christ in you, so that regardless of the situation, you feel confident and protected? Do you try to do things your own way, stubbornly feeling you know what is best? Can you think of a time recently when you felt God’s aid during a difficult time?
Prayer for Today:
Gentle and kind God, guide me when I want to take over and take charge. Without Your grace, my plans are not sturdy, and I feel the anxiety of uncertainty. Help me to realize that You know all of me and love all of me, even when I turn away from You. Thank you, God, for never giving up on me. Amen.