A Time to Boast

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

Almost no one likes boasters. Their never- ending claims of superiority annoy even tolerant and patient people. Certainly, their boasting is offensive to God who openly has declared opposition to the proud and favor to the humble.

In spite of this, Paul felt the need to do a little boasting. False teachers were masquerading as true apostles. For the sake of the church, it was important that their boasting be silenced by Paul’s integrity. Were they respected Hebrews? So was he. Had they served Christ? He did better. Risking the appearance of empty bragging, Paul went on to name hardship after hardship that he had suffered for Christ. Imprisonments, beatings, shipwrecks, sleepless nights, hunger, danger.

Not to be ignored among all of Paul’s difficulties is the pressure he felt because of his concern for the churches. “Besides everything else, each day I am burdened down, worrying about all the churches. When others are weak, I am weak too. When others are tricked into sin, I get angry” (vv. 28, 29, cev). Had the Apostle cared little about believers under his care, his life would have been easier. Because he had a caring heart, the pain of other Christians hurt him too. May our boast be the same.

PRAYER

O Father, increase our love for one another. In Jesus’ name. Amen.