Friday, November 20, 2009
2 Corinthians 12:11-21
19Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends, is for your strengthening. 20For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. 21I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.
Though we are not to hold ourselves higher than we are, we are also not to think lower of ourselves than what we are. It is equally bad to be a good for nothing as it is to be a better than you. The image of God laid upon our lives is by his grace and not of our deeds that give us value. It is by grace that we are able to give other people value as well.
Do you tend to think you are better or worse than others? Why?
O God, let me look in the mirror and see your creation with your eyes. Amen.