2 Corinthians 11-13
The Corinthian church has put up with a lot of false teachers who have taken advantage of them. As a result, they think less of Paul because he didn’t do the same. He puts them on blast and defends his ministry. He does this by showing how his ministry is marked with suffering for Christ and not taking advantage of anyone. Ultimately, his concern is for their growth and he is willing to make himself look foolish if it means they finally grow up.
We must constantly examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. Does how we live line up with what Scripture teaches? If not, we need to check ourselves and course correct. The goal is to grow to maturity in Christ, but that cannot happen if we constantly give ourselves over as slaves to sin, instead of slaves to righteousness (Romans 6:15-23).
Are you regularly examining your life to see if you’re in the faith?