(2 Corinthians 1:12-24) – A testimony of integrity.
Paul had great confidence that he was walking with God. He was affirmed by God’s Spirit to be walking in grace, wisdom, and integrity.
He notes the special relationship he shared with the church at Corinth. He spoke plainly, clearly, and transparently to them, and they knew that there was mutual encouragement between them.
Apparently, some were upset with Paul because he didn’t visit them when he said he had intended to. They used this as a platform to assert that his word wasn’t trustworthy and that his authority should be questioned.
But Paul knew that his change of plans actually came about because of his sensitivity to God’s leading. It wasn’t that Paul dropped the ball, it was that Paul saw that God’s plan was bigger than his own.
Submitting to God’s plan is always better. Pleasing God is always better than pleasing man.
That’s the thing, sometimes we hope to do some good things, but God leads us in a different direction, and people get disappointed.
You’ll never please everybody.
Actually, the very fact that these people were offended and even accused Paul of wickedness showed just how much they didn’t understand/believe in the sovereignty of God.
Sometimes an accusation says more about the accuser than the accused.
God is not the type of God that leads people to be “yes” and “no” people at the same time, so that others can’t trust their word.
God is the type of God that leads people to always be “yes” in regards to God’s promises.
Paul’s point is that the accusation is unfounded. God has led him to follow after His promises, a lifestyle choice exemplified by our Lord Jesus.
The very Spirit of God lives in us so that we may do exactly that.
People will say what they want to say, but at the end of the day, God’s opinion is the only one that matters.
My job is to be obedient, God will be there to take care of the consequences of my obedience. Focus on faithfulness first.