I come back to the theme of wisdom. One issue Paul faced was those who gave an “outward appearance” of being spiritual, but their hearts were not true before God (2 Corinthians 5:11-12). He appealed to everyone’s conscience based on the love of Christ in His death for all (14), and with no false pretense.
“For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you” (1:12). There was never a hidden agenda with Paul. The gospel in all its purity was always his standard throughout all his ministry.
It deeply saddens my heart when I hear of persons who have either money or popularity as their underlying aim. This is worldly wisdom, not godly sincerity.
I plead with anyone in ministry to carefully examine every motive to make sure it is pure. If it is not, REPENT and return to first love for Christ (Revelation 2:4-5).
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