When I Am Weak - 2 Corinthians 12:10

Verse of the Day - Day 129

2 Corinthians 12:10 - When I Am Weak
Photo Source: Rgbstock / Composition: Sue Chastain

Welcome to Verse of the Day!

Today's Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 12:10

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: When I Am Weak

In our day and in our culture, weakness is not looked upon as a desirable trait. Yet, here we have another one of the great "kingdom paradoxes." When we are weak—when we arrive at the end of ourselves and we have no human strength left—then Christ's power and strength can be seen.

And thus, in Christ, we are strong.

When we are nothing, Christ becomes everything. He is glorified in our lives.

Not only was the Apostle Paul content in his weaknesses, he boasted about them:

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 through me. (2 Corinthians 12:9, NLT)

Paul boasted not in a morbid sense of enjoying his weaknesses, but in the sense that he joyfully took advantage of them as occasions to know Jesus better and prove Christ's resurrection power.

Paul still groaned under the load of his suffering:

For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling. (2 Corinthians 5:2, ESV)

He longed for eternity, where weaknesses and burdens are a thing of the past:

For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. (2 Corinthians 5:4, ESV)

But Paul, like the Apostle Peter, knew that he was called to suffer just as Christ had:

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:21, ESV)

Rather than escape suffering, God often enables us to endure it by his grace:

...That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death ...  (Philippians 3:10, ESV)

I don't know about you, but when I'm insulted, when I face hardships, persecution, and calamity, I'm usually a weakling. I pray, like Paul, that I will learn to be content, accepting these weaknesses of mine, for the sake of Jesus Christ.

(Sources: Harris, M. J. (2005). The Second Epistle to the Corinthians: a commentary on the Greek text (pp. 866–867). Grand Rapids, MI; Milton Keynes, UK: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.; Paternoster Press; Garland, D. E. (1999). 2 Corinthians (Vol. 29, p. 527). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.)

<Previous Day | Next Day>

mla apa chicago
Your Citation
Fairchild, Mary. "When I Am Weak - 2 Corinthians 12:10." ThoughtCo, Jan. 23, 2017, thoughtco.com/when-weak-2-corinthians-1210-701633. Fairchild, Mary. (2017, January 23). When I Am Weak - 2 Corinthians 12:10. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/when-weak-2-corinthians-1210-701633 Fairchild, Mary. "When I Am Weak - 2 Corinthians 12:10." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/when-weak-2-corinthians-1210-701633 (accessed November 22, 2017).