Sufficient Grace, Part Two

“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.”

(2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV)

Lord, am I content with these seemingly bad things?  I want the power of Christ to rest upon me, but I confess that I don’t want to really need Your power.  I want it to be overflow, not my “if I don’t have this I will truly go under” power and grace.

Oh, Lord, how shortsighted and sinful I am!  Because of what You have done for me — because You took on my sin and paid the death penalty I should have received — I can be content with–

weaknesses — a physical body that has been bruised and broken by illness and injury

insults — being misunderstood; being “left out;” having my motives and actions judged

hardships — learning once again to “live life” in a new way; prioritizing; letting go; doing without

persecutions — God, give me grace and strength to face them squarely

calamities — God, give me peace in the midst of the many storms

When I am weak, Your strength can shine through.  Lord, I want to become “faceless” — I truly want people to glorify and honor You because they have been in contact with me.

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