2 Corinthians 12:9 “Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work though me.”
My thoughts: The weaknesses Paul refers to in this passage are a result of his suffering for Jesus. It is difficult to comprehend the persecution Paul suffered for the Gospel. Still, Paul didn’t boast about his weaknesses to draw attention to himself, but boasted with intents of leading people closer to God. In times of complete darkness and despair, the grace of God proved to be all Paul needed. Paul learned to rely completely on God’s power. He boasted about his weaknesses so that God’s power might be even more evident in his life. Paul boasted about his weaknesses so other people would be led to the source of his strength. People would see him as a living testimony of God’s grace. Many of us are weak because we live without Jesus, not because we suffer for Him. If I am going to be weak, I want it to be from persecution, not a lifestyle apart from God. Where we are weak, God’s power must be revealed. God already knows our struggles. He isn’t going to despise us for approaching Him with our problems. As long as His power is perfect in our weaknesses, we are safe to approach Him in humility. Approach God with a desire to change and He will give you the strength to change. Paul wasn’t content with his weaknesses, but understood that God’s power was necessary for him to overcome. If we are content with a lifestyle apart from God, we have already lost the battle. This kind of lifestyle is a self destroying way that leads to Hell. Instead of living on our own strength, lets pursue the free and empowered life that God has for us.