March 11th, 2007
We seem to think that the end justifies the means. It’s somehow OK to lie if you can get a good result out of it. But often you have nothing to gain by lying. You would do much better, and be much less anxious, if you simply told the truth. You’re either a person of integrity or you’re not. If you’re prepared to compromise your integrity on small issues you might be prepared to do so on larger ones. If you’re a follower of Jesus then you can’t settle for anything less than complete integrity. As Paul said in today’s reading, “We can only do things in support of the truth.”
Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians — Chapter 13
13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. “Every charge must be supported by the evidence of two or three witnesses.” 13:2 I have said it before on my second visit, to those who sinned, and I will say it again now to everyone else while I am away from you: if I come again, I am not going to hold anything back, 13:3 as you are looking for proof that Christ speaks through me, and he is not faint-hearted with you, but is powerful in you. 13:4 He was crucified in weakness, but he lives through the power of God. We are weak in him, but together with him we will live by the power of God before you. 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are living by faith. Prove yourselves. Do you not understand that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you do not pass the test? 13:6 But I hope you will discover that we have not failed the test.
13:7 We pray to God that you will stay away from evil, not for the sake of making us seem successful, but so that you will do the right things, even if we seem to be failures. 13:8 We cannot do anything against the truth. We can only do things in support of the truth. 13:9 We are glad when we are weak if you are strong. We also pray that you will become fully mature. 13:10 This is why I write these things while I am away from you, so that when I come I do not have to be overbearing in using the authority which the Lord gave me for building up, and not for tearing down.
13:11 Finally, friends, rejoice. Be mature, encourage each other, be agreeable, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. 13:12 Greet each other with a holy kiss. All the believers greet you. 13:13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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