In this passage, Paul acknowledges a thorn in his flesh. We do not know exactly what the thorn is, but we all probably can identify a thorn we might carry. Some may be physical, or some may be spiritual. Some will even blame God for their thorn—holding a grudge that prevents them from experiencing peace and joy. Paul did exactly the opposite. He boasted of his weakness since He knew Christ strengthened him for the work he needed to do. As I said, we all have thorns. The question is whether you will let that thorn take your peace and joy away.
Questions for further thought:
1. What thorn might you be carrying?
2. How is that thorn impacting your life—negatively or positively?
Challenge: Ask God for the strength to live with your thorn and ask for an opportunity to bless someone despite your thorn. (Again—key is to take action when the opportunity is given.)
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