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Paul said he had a thorn in the flesh. What could this be?
When you have a thorn in your flesh you have to be careful not to irritate it more. It hurts a lot when you move. However, it does not hurt that much when you are still. This is like a constant pain that does not go away. However, if you are busy doing something you may forget about it for a while. Then it comes flooding back to annoy you.
People live years in constant pain. In fact, pain is your constant companion. Pain can make you angry all the time and snappy.
2 Corinthians 12:7-9
Being in constant pain reminds us that all is not well. It also helps draw us closer to God.
Paul is correct in what he says. However, the devil enjoys making us suffer. Yes, even if that draws us closer to God.
Satan believes that if the pain is strong enough we will eventually hate God. This is what the Devil wants for us.
However, in fact, it has the opposite effect. It is through our pain that we realize how much God loves us. That seems like a paradox, but people rarely seek God when all is well. Instead they call upon him when they have problems.
Paul asked God three times to remove this "thorn" from him. But God answered that His grace was sufficient -- sufficient to help him endure. That is why Paul realized later on, that pain, difficulties and hardships helps us become strong in the Lord. In those moments when all is not well, we draw strength from God. We become winners and overcomers.
We should rejoice in our weakness. Paul said that he delights in weaknesses. Does that mean a weak character that cannot say no? For example, a girl who cannot say no to her boyfriend so she becomes pregnant? Actually, this is a moral weakness. That is not the type of weakness Paul is talking about.
The original word in Greek for weakness means
"no strength" -- like a problem beyond your ability to solve.
Paul suffered a lot in his life. It was these troubles that refined him like gold. He emerged from the fire a stronger man. He realized that the only thing he could boast in was his weaknesses.
2 Corinthians 11:21-28
It is not good to boast of how great we are. Our strength is not ours, but comes from Jesus.
2 Corinthians 11:30
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