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11 Such a person should realize that when we arrive, there will be no difference in the actions we take and the words we write.

Paul’s Apostolic Mandate

12 Of course, we wouldn’t dare to put ourselves in the same class or compare ourselves with those who rate themselves so highly. They compare themselves to one another[a] and make up their own standards to measure themselves by, and then they judge themselves by their own standards. What self-delusion! 13 But we are those who choose to limit our boasting to only the measure of the work[b] to which God has appointed us—a measure that, by the way, has reached as far as you.

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  1. 2 Corinthians 10:12 The Aramaic can be translated “copying one another.” God has made each of us unique and given us spiritual gifts that are unique. It is never wise to copy or compare yourself to another believer. Pride will result if we see ourselves as better than someone else, or discouragement if we see ourselves as less valuable than someone else. We don’t live by comparison to others but by Christ’s life in us.
  2. 2 Corinthians 10:13 Or “the sphere of the allocation” (given to us). Paul uses the Greek word metron, which was the length of a race course (Gr. dromos). It was the word used to define the boundaries of a Greek stadium. One could say that Paul stayed within his lane and knew the limits of his measure (metron) of spiritual authority.

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