2 Corinthians 12:16-18
2Co 12:16 But be that as it may, I have not burdened you. I “was crafty, and tricked you.”
2Co 12:17 Did I exploit you using any of those whom I sent to you?
2Co 12:18 I urged Titus to go, and sent the brother with him. Did Titus exploit you? Did we not walk in the same spirit? Did we not follow the same footsteps?
following divine advice
Paul continues to answer the accusation that his team has acted inappropriately toward the Corinthians. He had said that he had decided not to ask the Corinthians to bankroll his evangelistic efforts when he was present among them. Now he tells them that when he sent Titus and “the brother” to further establish the work there, they followed the same protocol. So, in neither the original mission work, or the follow-up work could Paul and his team be legitimately accused of exploiting the Corinthians.
It seems to me that the reason the Holy Spirit led Paul to make this exception — not asking the Corinthians for their support at all — was that He knew about this future accusation. He was protecting Paul and his team from any legitimacy to the accusation.
It would do us all well if we prayed more, listened to the advice of the Holy Spirit, and followed that advice, even if we have to make exceptions in policy.
LORD, forgive us for failing to seek your advice. Guide us as we make decisions, and give us the wisdom to follow your advice.