It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory

2 Corinthians 12:1-19

2 Corinthians 12:1

The most modest man may be driven to speak his own praises if his usefulness is jeopardised by the depreciations of enemies.

2 Corinthians 12:2-5

Fourteen years he had kept the secret, so that clearly he was not given to boasting.

2 Corinthians 12:7

From devout exaltation to self-exaltation is but a step, and that step our nature is prone to take. To be proud is one of the worst of calamities, and therefore to keep us humble the Lord sends us sharp trials. A thorn pierces, lacerates, festers, and yet it is but a little thing; very insignificant, yet very painful. Paul had a secret grief which cuffed him as schoolmasters punish boys, and the ignominy of it was its worst feature.

2 Corinthians 12:9

One evening, as Bunyan was in a meeting of Christian people, full of sadness and terror, suddenly there “brake in” upon him with great power, and three times together, the words, “My grace is sufficient for thee; My grace is sufficient for thee; My grace is sufficient for thee.” And “Oh! methought,” says he, “that every word was a mighty word unto me, as ‘My,’ and ‘grace,’ and ‘sufficient,’ and ‘for thee;’ they were then, and sometimes are still, far bigger than others be.”

2 Corinthians 12:1, 11

The Corinthians ought not to have required a defence from Paul, but should themselves have been among his warmest advocates.

2 Corinthians 12:14, 15

What a Christian spirit! He will not cease to seek their good, however base their conduct.

2 Corinthians 12:16-18

He accepted nothing for himself, and he did not impose his friends upon them; he had served them in the most disinterested way.

2 Corinthians 12:19

It was shameful that so good a man as Paul should have been troubled by cavillers. May God grant that none of us may ever figure in the history of our church as discontented members and opposers of faithful ministers.


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