Re:Verse reading 2 Corinthian 12:1-10 (day one)
“I refrain (from boasting) so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me and hears from me.”–v 5.
Something my grandmother said. Yours too, probably. “The proof is in the pudding”. (Originally the proverb said, “the proof of the pudding is in the tasting”. Not sure my grandmother ever got that memo).
The meaning, however, is clear. After all the talk, the evidence that matters most is outcome. Not stories of past spiritual highs, what I do and what I say is the real me.
In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul is content to let his life do the talking. His opponents bragged about deep, spiritual experiences. Good enough, said Paul, I have had them too. But, the bottom line is who you are.
Easy to speak Christian truth. Much harder to be kind, brave, and unselfish. (See 1 Thessalonians 1:5) Tell your story! Just remember, the proof of your words is your life.