2 Corinthains 12:9-10

 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 in the TNIV reads:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.


I’ll admit, while we can all exegete this passage and we can try to explain it, few of us actually know, in terms of experience, what this means.  I don’t really know what true weakness is or how it plays out in my life.  Have I really ever been so weak such that God is then able to be strong in me?  I’ll also admit I don’t typically “delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.”  I usually try to avoid them.  These things aren’t any fun – they are hard to go through and they hurt. 

I won’t go into the details but in many ways, our family has really been through the fire here at the Grand Canyon National Park, I mean we’ve really been through it, financially, emotionally, relationally, even spiritually.   Yet, my guess is it’s nothing compared to what Paul is talking about here, nothing.

What about you?

4 responses to “2 Corinthains 12:9-10

  1. My dear brother, my prayers continue to be with you. While Minnesota is not exactly the right driving direction this time of year, summer is a great time! If you EVER need a place to get away, we can always make room. Many blessings!

  2. (Interesting that your first two replies are from Minnesotans!)

    I don’t think most of us really understand this passage. But I’m aware of someone who dealt with cancer, I don’t remember who it was, but they said they understand it so much better now, as it was when they were feeling worst, that is when doors opened up and they were able to witness to their faith so much more fully. I have a dear friend whose daughter was born with spina bifida, who is able to maintain a writing ministry concerning people with disabilities. It seems when “bad” things happen, those are often doors we must walk through, and we find the Lord leading us “especially” there!

  3. Thanks Dan, I do appreciate it. Perhaps some day we’ll take up the offer.

    Gary, I think I can say I am learning more of what grace is and how to walk in it -If I rethink it, I know while we may not know what Paul went through specifically we can understand the sufficuency of God’s favor and presence with us generally. It’s something we have to consciously walk in on a daily basis.

    iMonk is really going though it – I pray God’s grace will be sufficient for him and be the source of his strength in this time.

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