- 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4
- Romans 15:8
- Hebrews 13:8
- Ephesians 5:15-21
- 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
- Hebrews 13:17
Great crisis in our lives shape our character and reveals what we are made of. More important than what we do is what we are. How we handle life’s difficulties depends on who we are. All leaders are called to a higher level of integrity, just like Paul.
The power is in the Gospel not in the preacher.
It is not a good idea to let our conscience be our guide. We have been tainted with sin, leading to us deceiving ourselves into what is and is not right. It is not sufficient to tell ourselves that our conscience will tell us what is right and wrong. Our conscience is largely formed by the culture around us. If we rely solely on our conscience we will miss what God is saying to us. It is hard to maintain a true moral compass and not fold to the pressure of the outside.
We have all faced criticism, and our words and actions can be misunderstand which leads to a flow of misunderstanding that leads to problems. Once we start to question the integrity of people or distrust them, it leads to lots of problems.