The words which I have taken as my text seem to me to suggest a train of thought having an immediate bearing on this subject. St Paul has been speaking of himself in the passage from which the text is taken. He has been commending himself--a task which is never congenial to him. But his opponents in the Corinthian Church had forced this upon him; and now he asks that he may be borne with a little in his folly. He is pleased to speak of his conduct in this way, with that touch of humorous irony not unfamiliar to him when writing under some excitement. He pleads with his old converts for so much indulgence, because he is jealous over them with a godly jealousy. He had won them to the Lord. I have espoused you, he says, to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. This had been his unselfish work. He had sought nothing for himself, but all for Christ.
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