“Indeed, this is our boast, the testimony of our conscience: we have behaved in the world with frankness and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God–and all the more toward you.” (2 Corinthians 1:12) Looking back over his contentious years with the Corinthians, Paul may have been tempted to regret. There were certainly people who blamed him for the conflict and confusion. He found consolation, however, in his conscience that the Spirit of God had led him to be frank and sincere. Not fun conversation, but necessary. Not worldy wise, but heavenly. I am recovering the confidence that my value to Christ will not be measured by whether people were always happy with me. Jesus is proof that the critics are not always correct. The real standard of success for all of us will be whether or not our relationships were guided and shaped by the grace of God, the Spirit of God.