2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
God is as equally concerned with what we do as to how we do it. It is not only important that we have the right kind of conversation, but that our conversation be based on “simplicity and godly sincerity.” In other words, our conversation should be genuine and never extravagant. People behave for different reasons. Sometimes those reasons are godly, yet at other times they reflect ungodliness. Anyone can feign a good conversation for a short period; however, only with the Lord’s help can one’s motives consistently match his actions. Paul not only sought to have his conversation right before the Lord, but also desired a genuine change of heart to bring forth the proper conversation.
- (For children): Whatever we do should be done for the Lord and not merely to be seen of men (Ephesians 6:6; Colossians 3:23). The Lord was not pleased with those who did such things (Matthew 6:2, 5).
- (For everyone): Christians should always consider why they do the things they do. What about you? Do you do certain things because you love the Lord or because you want men to praise you for being “spiritual”?
- Can you think of people who do right for the wrong reasons? What is your opinion of those people? Do you respect them and seek to pattern your life after them?
- Ask the Lord to help your conversation be sincere.
- Ask God to give you a desire to please Him.