Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both yes, yes and no, no? – 2 Corinthians 1:17
There are times in our lives when we do things we aren’t aware of. Loving people has turned into an automatic response instead of deliberate action. Something that really sticks out to me is when Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians that love should be sincere. I am a little embarrassed to admit that I wasn’t quite sure what he meant by that. After all, I felt as though I was a sincere, protective and passionate person. In reading this verse I realized how insincere I am. In loving someone else, I am quick to manipulate a situation to avoid conflict or to have the odds in my favor. I have definitely been known to not give a straight forward answer; some times I say one thing and mean another. These passive aggressive characteristics about me do not show sincerity. Have you ever examined yourself to see your own sincerity? In 2nd Corinthians 1:17, Paul explains to the people of Corinth that he wasn’t being fickle in his decision to not come back and see them. In the New International Version the words “worldly plans” are used. Paul’s plans, thoughts, and emotions weren’t worldly. He didn’t have a worldly motive in his decision not to come back at that time or response to the people’s anger.
One thing that is so inspiring about Paul is that he claimed to be a follower of Christ and the proof was in the pudding. When we say that we want to follow Christ, it doesn’t mean that we are perfect. However, we strive to be like Christ daily. Even when we mess up, we know that we can go to our Heavenly Father and repent and be forgiven. In our repentance, we move past whatever was holding us back from experience true joy in Christ. By representing Christ, we put on Christ’s nature. In Christ, the answer is always yes.
God is faithful. He doesn’t switch up on us because He’s in a bad mood (Thank God for that!) Whatever God promises us, will come to pass. As followers of Christ, our word and life should be the same; faithful. Are we fickle? Do we make worldly plans or are we motivated by the Holy Spirit? Do we say yes and no in the same breath? Do we defend ourselves for the joy of others or out of our own fear, anger, frustration and advancement? Even if we don’t mean it on purpose, our words can say one thing and actions say another. If God’s answer to us is Yes in Christ, than we should strive to be as sincere and as honest to each other just as God is to us.
My mother often ends her prayers in the same fashion. I will end this with a verse we all know. Let’s ponder this as we move forward in being more sincere and honest with ourselves, each other and God. May the words of our mouth’s and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight oh Lord, our redeemer.
Jennifer is a student and teacher of the bible who lives in Louisville, KY. She believes that strongly believes in maturing the saved.