If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
The older I get, the harder it is for me to understand younger generations. I can sometimes feel myself looking at younger generations with a bit of scorn , thinking about how things were “back in my day.” no cell phones we memorized phone numbers and met girls by actually saying hello face to face. In parks at school or the pool/beach. Not facebook fake face. Sorry I dislike facebook. .
In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he advises to do the exact opposite of what I am feeling towards younger generations and fakebook. Paul is proud of his devotion to Christ, and he mentions that other people have similar claims of devotion. He realizes that his devotion cannot be doubted by anyone, but finishes the verse by saying that this line of thinking is a hinderance to the gospel of Christ. If only I could be as wise and as humble!
I am a very competitive person. If I am doing anything that I am good at, it is easy for my ego to come into playing, viewing others performing the same activity in a negative light, thinking, “I can do that better than them.” Do you know the feeling? Paul has this exact feeling and reacts the same way that I do but he then realizes that this is not in accordance with the teachings of Jesus. This verse is a good example of how we can all be a bit more tolerant of one another, regardless of how we look, where we are from, what we do or how well we do it. Everyone has their story and God will always listen to it if we go to Him. When we have these envious or belittling thoughts in our mind, the “I can do that better” voice, let it go. This is not what Jesus would have wanted, and thinking it or acting on it would hinder his gospel.
Prayer: Gracious God, you are so much more forgiving than I am even though we have sinned so often against you. I pray that you will forgive me once again, for I am an envious and spiteful fool more often than I wish to say. Jesus has shown me the way if only I will take the right steps. Help me, O Lord, to follow in his footsteps. In his holy name I pray, Amen.