2 Corinthians 12

2 Corinthians 12:10

Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Paul did not take a perverse pleasure in pain and suffering, but he knew that life’s trials served to reveal the power of God (see 2 Cor. 4:16-18). Trust in your own endurance and you will eventually break. Life is bigger than you. But the good news is that Jesus is bigger than all and he has overcome the world. See entry for 1 John 5:5.

Further reading: “Patient endurance

2 Corinthians 12:13

For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong!

Forgive. The original word (charizomai) means unconditional forgiveness.

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