In this verse, Paul was not reintroducing himself to the believers, nor was he trying to blow his own trumpet or elevate himself in their eyes. He was simply reminding them that his conduct, while living in their midst, should be a sufficient recommendation as to his character, his motive, and the gospel he taught... compared with the legalists who relied on letters of commendation to endorse their ministry.
How important to remember that it is not the praise of others that should be our motivation to live godly lives, but a desire to honor our Lord through the life that we live, so that we make a Godly impact to those that are saved by grace through faith in Christ. With many people and churches today, there are leaders and preachers that wish to be recognized for their work as they should only in the Lord's eyes, not in the eyes of their leadership role, congregation or mission. Those leaders are not leading in a Godly way, they have not taken Paul's word from God and applied it in their own lives. Christians do not seek attention from others, we lead others to a Christian life without letters of recommendation by living our lives that is pleasing to our Lord.
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?
Our United Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You that there is nothing we can do to commend ourselves to You because Jesus did it all on the Cross, on our behalf. Thank You that by faith in His death and resurrection we have been declared righteous and have been brought into the family of God. Keep us from any legalistic leanings and give us discernment to identify and reject teachers and teachings that are not from You. We pray that our lives may make a Godly impact to our fellow believers and to You, and help us to grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus day by day. This we ask in His precious name, AMEN.
We are a growing group of people praying daily for and with others. We were led to start an online ministry to deliver what is needed more now than ever, a place where you can go to easily to submit a prayer request or requests involving others to pray for your needs. The Power of Prayer. Matthew 18:20- For where two or more come together in my name, there I am among them. You are never alone in prayer. The Power Of Numbers Praying.
We ask you to pray for this ministry, for its success in helping others in need of prayer.
2 Corinthians 2:17
"Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God."