People Will Talk

Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:1-2

From this text it’s obvious that some had accused Paul of dishonest teaching and distorting the Word of God. Paul set the record straight: there’s no deceit in his teachings.

Paul was experiencing this dischord among the rank and file. Could he have done anything differently? Probably not because when you’re in ministry, people will talk about you. Sometimes it’s merely the perception of what you’ve said or done that will throw some people into a spin. In that sense, ministry is extremely hard because you never know how people will take what you say and do.

Still, though, you have to press forward with the truth when preaching and teaching from the Bible. You may be able to hone your presentation skills, but people will believe what they want about you.

This is a good time to pray for your pastors and elders of your church. Their burdens are not at all like our burdens. They are charged with preaching and teaching the Word of God, and to care for those under their care.

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