2 Corinthians 12:7-10
And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Discussing various statements made by the Apostle Paul, my mother and I often alighted on these verses in 2 Corinthians. The Lord brought me back to them recently and while researching the subject, I came across this Times Square Church video featuring renowned preacher, Dr R T Kendall. It cannot be bettered in my view, so we present this to you now…
THORN IN THE FLESH — R T Kendall
MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS
"For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree,
And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree;
And it shall be to the LORD for a name,
For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."
THERE’S A THORN IN MY FLESH — A Ruth Porter
— LOVE with all your SOUL --
IF MY LOVE is first of all for God, I shall take no account of the base ingratitude of others, because the main-spring of my service to my fellow-men is love to God.
[from ‘Biblical Philosophy’ by Oswald Chambers]
MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS…
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART