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The Weapons of Our Warfare (13 of 19)
Series: THE BOOK OF II CORINTHIANS
II Corinthians 10:1-18
July 27, 2005
1. Chapters eight and nine dealt with the collection for the saints and the importance of giving. In this chapter, Paul turns us to an entirely different subject; defending his apostleship and answering his critics.
2. Let me give you three points to our outline:
I. His Method of Approach
II. His Manner of Appearance
III. His Means of Assessment
I. HIS METHOD OF APPROACH
A. With meekness
1. Note Paul's words in (vs. 10a, Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you."
2. How many of us appreciate a pompous, outspoken loudmouth? Very few, I would dare to say. Paul was anything but that; his approach was the approach Christ would have used--with gentleness and meekness.
a. Here is the key to tempering a situation that has the potential of turning into a serious conflict: learning to control what we say and how we say it.
1) Prov 15:1-2, A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3. Like Paul, you and I will win more battles and settle more conflicts by meekness and by using well-chosen words, than we will by letting our tempers flare.
QUOTE: Jean Pierre Camus said; Anger is quieted by a gentle word just as fire is quenched by water.
B. With firmness
1. Paul was meek, but that doesn't mean he was a wimp. Meekness does mean weakness. No one would ever think of Jesus as being weak, nor was Paul, who followed Jesus.
a. Notice his irritation toward those who were trying to discredit him (vs. 2b), "Wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh." Again in (vs. 6a), "And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience." ...
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