Verse: 2 Corinthians 11:12-15
And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan Himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

When I see people presenting themselves in a false light, it really makes me angry. There could be numerous reasons for this. It might be that I have a sense of justice that is bothered. It might be that I see people being tricked by this false projection. Maybe I am jealous that they are getting a benefit of some kind that I feel is undeserved. My own motivations may be varied and complex, but what Paul is saying here is that it’s the truth that matters. Presenting a false front will have its own consequences, and it doesn’t have anything to do with me.

I’m reminded once again, that I need to trust in God. Maybe there is something for me to do, but ultimately it’s definitely not up to me to punish anyone. I think Paul is trying to guard the Corinthians from going down the ugly road of vindictiveness. He wants to protect them from lies as well, but he dearly loves them and because of that, he wants them to remain pure in all ways.

My takeaway is to examine my actions, my thoughts and my motives. It’s not enough to do just one. Not if I want to be pure. While this could feel daunting, it just seems like an encouragement to be aware. I want to avoid lies, but not become self righteous in the process.

Lord Jesus, you know my heart and my deepest motives. More than I do myself. Make me aware of how you want me to be. I need you more than ever. Amen.

Author: Emily Costa