I just read a very un-American passage in Paul. I appreciate it.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “But [the Lord] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 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.
Paul boasts, gladly even, about his weaknesses. You can’t really do this if your identity is rooted in your perceived strengths. You can only do this if your identity is secure in Christ Himself and His strengths—His power. In fact, it is when our sense of worth and value comes from Who Christ is and how He is with us that we realize our weaknesses are an asset. They become grace places where we are drawn to find in Him all that we need and all that we are.
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