There is a certain kind of honor that is worth having. False pride, in doing it “my way” is useless. Getting through tough times because of our faith allows us to look in the mirror, face others, and be confident that “God’s way” has been done.
That is the way to do it. That is authentic. Doing it “His way” allows us to hold our heads high. Lesson learned.
Paul indicates things had gotten bad. Life is not always “what we want it to be”. There are trials. When the worst is over, I want to be able “to be pleased to report”.
For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. 
2 Corinthians 1:12
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