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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS



3For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 4On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.

2: 3   This pointed statement may be a response to accusations from the Jewish leaders who had stirred up the crowds (Acts 17: 5). Paul did not seek money, fame, or popularity by sharing the gospel. He demonstrated the sincerity of his motives by showing that he and Silas had suffered for sharing the gospel in Philippi. People become involved in ministry for a variety of reasons, not all of them good or pure. When bad motives are exposed, all of Christ’s work suffers. When you minister to others, ask God for protection from the earthly temptations of prestige, money, and power. Serve out of love for Christ and others.

2: 4   In trying to persuade people, we may be tempted to alter our position just enough to make our message more palatable or to use flattery or praise. Paul never changed his message to make it more acceptable, but he did tailor his methods to each audience. Although our presentation must be altered to be appropriate to the situation, the truth of the gospel must never be compromised. Watering down the words of God will only lead to a watered-down faith. Boldly share God’s truth, and trust him to work in the lives of others.Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible.

ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and in all you do do it for JESUS CHRIST not for any other reason! by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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