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SIMPLICITY OF LIFE

August 12, 2016

Friday

 

Sufferings and Consolations, Be Sincere

 

2 Corinthians 1:12

 

For our glorifying is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and sincerity of God, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we behaved ourselves in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward

 

 

LESSON

 

He first claimed, generally, that his actions did not arise from the motives that drive unbelievers, namely: self-serving ambition. This motivation seems “wise” to the carnal mind, but Paul’s motives resulted from God’s “grace” at work in his life. He viewed all of life from the perspective of God’s grace, seeking not to advance self, but rather the cause of Christ. He could say what he did unashamedly, and with the “testimony” of a clear “conscience.” His motives had been in “holiness” and “godly sincerity”. Some feel there is better support here for “simplicity in the sense of single-mindedness.” Such had been his motivation toward all people and especially toward the Corinthians.

All the advantages that can be made in this world by fleshly wisdom are nothing comparable to the pleasure of simplicity and honesty, and to the joy that ariseth from the conscience of such virtue.

 

Memory Verse: James 5:1

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