I am Strong because I Don’t Whine

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties. I am well content! I am well content? Why? There must be a reason Paul is “well content” when all of life is bad, “with insults,” that is bad, “with persecutions,” that is doubly bad, “with distresses,” WHAT!

What does Paul mean when he says, “I boast about my weaknesses,” about the insults, the persecutions, the distresses, and the difficulties. I don’t think he means to boast in the sense that he accomplished something worth glorying in, but that he sees these bad events and circumstances as a good thing because when he does so God blesses and rewards him with power, God’s power, supernatural power.

How much of an advantage in life would I have if I had great power, God’s infinite power. I don’t think it is a limited commodity, this power of God, I think that the more I rejoice in my trials the more power I will get, the more I refrain from grumbling and complaining, the more power I will get, and the more I thank God for His infinite love for me in the midst of hard times, the more power I will get.

“I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me!” “so that,” “so that!” “So that” means if I do that then this will happen. If I boast about my weaknesses, my trials, the things that I hate in life, then I will be a mighty man, like Popeye, like Superman, like Samson, like David, like Jesus. I wonder what that feels like, “to have the power of Christ in me!”

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