2 Corinthians 12:9
But he 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
When I read this, I had to write myself a note. I knew this verse was one I wanted to write about, as writing helps me understand. I have read different opinions about this verse, but as I start writing my thoughts, I’m still not sure I fully understand the implications of it.
My first thought was about balance. You have opposites referred to in this verse. On the one side you have power and on the other weakness. But I thought there must be more, so I read some more commentaries. I’m really not sure I can explain what others have written, but all the posts and commentaries confused me as to what Paul is trying to say.
I’ll stick with the balance part, but after reading and contemplating, I came away with the following thoughts.
When we humans feel power, worldly power, we tend to let arrogance push God and Christ from our lives. We become full of ourselves and feel as if there is no need for this mumbo jumbo about God, Spirit, or religion. We put our trust in the false power of man, the power of the world, and we worship it.
But when circumstances turn against us, when things happen of which we have no control, we are left with two alternatives. We can curse and deny God, closing our hearts, and thus live as miserable, joyless, loveless individuals, who go around blaming all that happens on others. Through this attitude we justify our miserable existence and expect others to share in it. We continue to seek worldly power and expect it to change our hearts.
Or we can realize that what is not in our control, does not make us who we are and does not change what we are. When we own this, we see how insignificant we are in the scheme of the everything. We understand we are weak when compared to the power of the spirit and the balance of the universe.
Our hearts are then opened to God and Christ. We see the power that God has given each of us, the unique gift to control ourselves.
We cannot control the universe. We cannot control what happens in the world. But we have complete power and control over how we live with ourselves. This is the perfect power give to us by God.
So, when the world is beating us down, when we feel weak, we must realize we have the power of God and Christ in our hearts. We have the power to change ourselves from weak to powerful. Powerful in the Spirit, the only true power.
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