“I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh.” (2 Corinthians 10:2)
Some people from Corinth thought Paul was walking according to the flesh, that he was timid and ineffective in his ministry to the Corinthian church. But he was merely being meek and gentle, following the example of Christ. “I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!” (2 Cor. 10:1)
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.” (2 Cor. 10:3-6)
This is a siege metaphor Paul uses to describe his ministry. He pulls down the strongholds by the divine power which is the weapons of his warfare clearly not of the flesh. He destroys arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God. Then as a victor he takes every thought captive like as a prisoner to obey Christ.
One thing to notice is that he fights against arguments and opinion not people. As we talk with people especially when we talk about topics that relate to spiritual reality, we notice arguments and opinions that are contrary to the biblical reality and worldview. That is when we are to with meekness and gentleness but also with boldness take siege of those arguments and opinions. We do that with love towards people who are having those thought paradigms. We do it because we care, because we love, because we want to free them. But also because we care about others who are around them as well.
“The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. For the Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low” (Isaiah 2:11–12)
Jesus is the Lord. Everything that is lifted up will be brought low. The Lord alone will be exalted. The Lord alone deserves and is worthy.
Lord God, examine my heart and reveal anything that has been lifted high causing disobedience in my life. I want to obey you in all things, because I know to obey you is the path to life and success. You command us for our good. Everything you tell us to do is good for us, because you love us. We know it because you were willing to die for us and you did. Take my every thought captive so that I obey you. Destroy the strongholds of thought that rebel against you in my life. May I have no wall built up against you to separate myself from you. Have all of me. I am yours. You are my Lord.