2 Corinthians 1:12-14..12 Indeed, this is our boast: The testimony of our conscience is that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with godly sincerity and purity, not by human wisdom but by God’s grace.
In Acts 9 Jesus appeared directly to Saul [name changed to Paul later] and Saul was blinded by light and told to go into Damascus and he would be told what to do. He waited for 3 days blind without food or drink. Jesus appeared to a Disciple in Damascus and told him to go to Saul. Understandably Ananias was reluctant because of Saul’s persecution of believers. But Jesus told him go “for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” [v.16]
Paul suffered mightily as he proclaimed the gospel all over the Roman Empire, planted churches and wrote books of the New Testament. He had a thorn in the flesh for 25 years A, stoned until thought dead in Lystra B, and in Philippi he and Silas were beaten and thrown into prison in stocks. “But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;” C Then an earthquake shook the prison and unloosed them from the stocks. When they did not escape the jailer said “What must I do to be saved?”
In all of this suffering and success in spreading the gospel Paul did not boast in his own abilities or wisdom but boasted in the power of Jesus and God’s grace.
Paul had a clear conscience that he lived a Jesus-centered life with his only desire to obey the commands of Jesus.
Notes: A- 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; B- Acts 14:19-20; C- Acts 16:16-40;
Henry Luke 5/3/2018
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