A Thorn in the Flesh


Do you sometimes think that God is testing you by giving you a weakness that is hard to overcome?  Have you prayed to the Lord and asked him to take away your affliction, but you haven’t had your prayers answered?  If so, you are in good company, since Saint Paul had the same experience.

Brothers and sisters:
That I, Paul, might not become too elated,
because of the abundance of the revelations,
a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan,
to beat me, to keep me from being too elated.
Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me,
but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is made perfect in weakness.”
I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses,
in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.
Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults,
hardships, persecutions, and constraints,
for the sake of Christ;
for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Paul teaches us that afflictions and weaknesses, as uncomfortable as they are, are opportunities for us to invite Christ to dwell within us.  His strength then overcomes our weakness.

His grace is sufficient.

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