accepting weakness

To the world, weakness is something to be overcome. There are many exemplary accounts of people overcoming great weaknesses to become strong in the very area in which they were weak. Of course some things can’t be reversed or changed. When Paul pleaded with the Lord three times to remove his thorn in the flesh (no less than a messenger of Satan to torment him), the Lord replied, “My grace is sufficient for you. For my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul learned that when he was weak, he was actually strong, and to boast in his weaknesses, that Christ’s power might rest on him.

I am still working on this, but I think I’ve come a long way. One simply accepts their weakness. I’m not referring to sin, but to weaknesses that others simply may not have. The goal in life is not to please ourselves or be happy, but to follow and serve the Lord. Of course that is where true happiness and blessedness is found. But weaknesses can be used by God for good, even though we might wish they were gone.

God makes us dependent on him and interdependent on each other in Jesus. And in special matters, we end up especially dependent on God. And in that we find the Lord’s strength to not only see us through, but to follow and serve him along with others in him for the world.

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