READ : 2 Corinthians 10:1-11
For they say, “. . . his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.” (v. 10)
We’ve all heard the saying, “A man’s home is his castle.” If others want to come in, they must knock. They may not simply walk in. If our homes demand such respect, how much more our souls, our “inner castle.” Certainly here permission to enter is required. Not everyone is welcome. The poet Emily Dickenson wrote: “The soul selects her own society. Then it shuts the door.”
Gaining entrance into another’s inner castle, even for the person’s own good, can be exceedingly difficult. Parents frustrated with their teenager’s rebellion know this. Even Jesus can be left standing outside the door knocking.
Paul’s critics think he is singularly ineffective in persuading others to open the door of their hearts to him (v. 10). Paul disagrees. Their very presence as a church argues to the contrary. Paul does not deny that he is weak, but his weakness is the meekness and gentleness of Christ, which the Spirit of God converts into a power that pierces arguments and opens hearts’ doors.
Let us live in the confidence that the Spirit of God will use our weak words, spoken in faith, “to destroy . . . every proud obstacle . . . and . . . take every thought captive to obey Christ” (v. 5).
Spirit of God, use our poor words to achieve your end. Amen.