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August 31 | 2 Corinthians 12:6-10


 

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REFLECTION


One-Liners to Live By

by Judy Webb

The first thing that struck me when I read these verses was, they are great one-liners and thoughts we can tuck away and remember throughout the day.

  • I refrain from boasting so that no one will think more of me than is warranted. (verse 6)

Paul wanted the Corinthians to see the Glory of God, not how wonderful Paul was. Profound experiences in our lives should be a testimony to the goodness of God and not point to ourselves. This isn’t easy. It is human nature to want others to think highly of us. Can you relate?

  • I was given a thorn in my side. (flesh) (verse 7)

The physical ailment Paul experienced isn’t identified, but maybe that is so we can identify with Paul. Many of us have physical issues that won’t go away, maybe they aren’t even diagnosed, we simply live with them. Perhaps God is using them to teach us perseverance, or patience. Can you relate?

  • I pleaded with the Lord to take it away. (verse 8)

We are told Paul went to the Lord three times, begging for this malady to be removed. This is an example of prayer answered, just not in the manner expected. Let’s put ourselves in Paul’s shoes. None of us like pain nor do we like it when the pain from illness forces us to change our lives. Last year as I was waiting for the surgery to replace my hip, I kept asking God what it was he wanted to teach me. It didn’t take long for me to realize I had a pride issue and I struggled to asking for, or accept, help. Can you relate?

  • My grace is sufficient for you. (verse 9)

This is interesting. One commentary proposed that instead of lightening the load, God strengthened the shoulders. I am sure this wasn’t the prayed for answer, but Paul soon recognized this thorn as a gift. Once I accepted help, I received the gift of new friends. Can you relate?

  • I delight in weaknesses and hardships. (verse 10)

Conclusion: Humility is strength. We must rely on God for everything. God allowed the thorn to show divine strength. Again, can you relate?


PRAYER

Dear Lord,

Make us aware of our weaknesses and show us how to cultivate your Word into strengths. This text is a sure testimony that we cannot received Your strength until we know our weakness.



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