This verse reveals a paradigm for living that totally contradicts human nature and what you instinctively want to do. Throughout
The opportunities you have in boasting of your weaknesses actually unveil part of the secret to experiencing more of Christ. Instead of running from hard times, pain, embarrassment, and failure, you are to see these times as avenues for experiencing and being used by God. Instead of a paradigm of avoidance, you take on a paradigm of running to God for comfort, direction, dependence, and most importantly openness for what He has for you. The negative things in your life can quickly consume your activities and prayers. Instead of allowing them to pull you down, allow them to take you into a richer experience with Jesus. For example, how would you react in the following hard time? If you had cancer, would you pursue a remedy for
Think of how God can use this changed model in your life. Anxiety, depression, and anger all flow from focusing on what is affecting you. God wants you to focus on Him, what He is doing, and how He wants to use you in life’s circumstances. Instead of being anxious, you can use the circumstances to go deeper into God to find His purpose for you. Instead of spiraling down into depression, you have the opportunity to see God working in your life. Instead of lashing out in anger, you can be an instrument of God’s love and grace to others. Come, oh God, and let me see Your hand at work in my life!
2 Corinthians 12:10 “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.” (NIV)
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