We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. – We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love.
II Corinthians 6:3, 6 (NLT)
Christ has commanded us to be His servants in this world. We are representing Him. When people see us they should see Him. Paul knew this. In today’s passage we see that Paul was trying to live in such a way that nobody would be able to discredit the Lord because of his ministry. But how did he do this? He did it by the way he lived. He was able to overcome allegations by his pure lifestyle. This allowed him to have moral authority. His understanding of God, the scriptures, his ministry and the culture also allowed him to be above reproach. Paul was also patient in his suffering. Paul was kind and this kindness caused many to consider believing in the God he believed in. Paul also believed deeply in the Holy Spirit and allowed Him to move in the hearts of those that would oppose Him. It was the Holy Spirit that filled Paul with love, joy, peace, patience and all the other attributes that he needed to be effective in his testimony of Christ’s love. Finally, it was Paul’s sincere love that enabled him to live among so many different people groups and win people to Christ. Today, let us go into the world that God has called us to minister in. Let’s live the same way Paul did and help others to come to a saving knowledge of Christ.
Father, help me live like Paul. Help me live in a way that those around me every day would see something in me that would lead them to You.
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