2 Corinthians 13:8-10 – For we cannot oppose the truth, but we must always stand for the truth. We are glad to seem weak if it helps to show that you are actually strong. We pray that you will become mature. I am writing this to you before I come. For I want to use the authority the Lord has given me to strengthen you, not tear you down.
Paul is telling the Corinthians that whatever they are facing they must stand for the truth. Jesus tells us in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father, except through me.” Paul wants what is best for the Corinthians and is willing to seem weak if it helps them to gain strength. Paul is praying for the Corinthians to heed his apostolic advice and mature. Paul’s preference is to build the Corinthians up, but has given them warning that he is prepared to rebuke them if they do not repent.
God is truth, therefore Jesus is truth. When we face immorality, false teaching, whatever challenge and succumb we are opposing God and the truth. We need to view things through the lens of the Gospel and realize that I do not know better than God. God’s plan is perfect and is the only way. Prayer to make me aware of anything in my life which is in opposition to God is essential. Repentance of my sin and a stand for the truth is part of the maturation process Paul desires for the Corinthians. Walking with the Lord will give me strength whereas unaddressed sin will lead to destruction.
Please help me know that your way is the truth and not to use my own understanding to think my way is okay. Let me see areas where I need to develop a more mature relationship with you. May I use my walk to help disciple others to know you.