May 15, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for 2 Corinthians 11-13
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Commentary: Paul refused to take money from the Corinthians to support his missionary work, which led to accusations of him being inferior. Paul is following Jesus’ example of serving. Paul was not the perfect missionary, lacking oratory skills and being physically weak, however he relied upon the Lord to sustain him and was, as we know, blessed in his efforts to spread God’s word. Paul again refutes false claims against him and warns that when he returns, he will only deal with serious issues (issues that are in accordance to Mosaic Law, which requires multiple witnesses).
Focus Verses: 11:1-15 At some point in our lives, every has to defend themselves from false accusations. What can we learn from Paul’s example? How does he defend himself? Think back to a recent, similar situation. How did you react? After reflecting upon this passage, what would you change in your reaction?