Paul’s Concern For The Corinthians

H. L. Gee somewhere tells of a tramp who came begging to a good woman’s door. She went to get something to give him and found that she had no change in the house. She went to him and said, “I have not a penny of small change. I need a loaf of bread. Here is a pound note. Go … More

Motive

As Paul neared the end of this time he once again went over personal information about himself. He did this because of the situation the Corinthians had allowed to develop in their church (vv. 11-12). When they should have rallied to his defense they remained silent and permitted Paul to be grossly misrepresented. Apparently the false teachers were suggesting that Paul’s unwillingness to accept support from the church was simply a coverup. They thought that he really had a love for money, and the offering he claimed to be taking for the suffering saints in Jerusalem was only going to be used to fill his own pockets. Also his reason for sending Titus ahead was to insure financial gain for himself. With this in mind, Paul wanted to set the record straight. In fact he found it very disappointing that they charged him with an alternative motive. He attempts to prove that his motive is right for the sake of the gospel and not to satisfy his own ego, in the following two ways:

  1. His previous behavior (vv. 13-16) - When he had visited them before he had refused to be a burden to them and had supported himself with his own hands and through the love gifts from other churches. He  had never begged for himself, only for others.
  2. The behavior of his associates  (vv. 17-18). None of his associates that came to help them tried to exploit or take advantage of them. Titus simply walked in Paul’s steps and was motivated by love for them and not personal gain.

Application

When I am falsely accused, I should not think only about saving my own reputation but I should be more concerned about what people will think about Christ.

II Corinthians 12:11-18 (English Standard Version)


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