Weak or Strong

1 Corinthians 12:8-10 (ESV)

Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. There are entire books written on this subject and many angles on which to cover this passage.

If we were to identify ourselves as either weak or strong, the most common answer should be “it depends”.  It’s tough to say I am weak or I am strong in a general sense.  The most pessimistic person would say that they are weak in all areas.  The question of whether we are weak or strong needs to be narrowed down to specific areas in our lives.  Are we weak or strong physically?  Are we weak or strong emotionally?  Are you weak or strong in the area of kindness, generosity, empathy, perseverance, etc.

Paul knew what his weakness was and he made a request numerous times for God to take it away.  The answer to Paul was that the grace of God is sufficient and it is His power is made perfect in Paul’s weakness.  It’s odd that the power of Christ is revealed through Paul’s weakness, but this is how God works just like he humbles the proud and lifts up the meek. The only way to overcome our weakness is to rely on God’s strength and that was Paul’s responsibility.  He could have fought it and complained, but he surrendered to God’s will and was willing to boast with gladness of his weaknesses, attributing any success and glory to God.

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