Bible Verse of the Day: Our Sufferings Strengthen Us, Bring Us “Great Blessings”


“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about it, that it leave me, but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness'” (2 Corinthians 12:8- 9) .

These verses are from the apostle Paul, written in a letter to the Corinthians.

Paul wrote the Macedonian letter around AD 55 or 56, according to multiple sources.

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The letter, which Paul may have written after an actual visit to Corinth, refers to “an upheaval among the Christians there” – in which Paul was insulted and his authority as an apostle challenged, Britannica notes.

The verses address a crucial question that believers often grapple with, faith leaders say: If God loves me and is merciful, why doesn’t he release me from pain or struggle?

The Bible verses 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 deal with human struggles and explain why God cannot deliver us from them – instead asking us to rely on His grace.
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Consider the previous verses in 2 Corinthians chapter 12 in order to evaluate them correctly.

“Even if I chose to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would speak the truth. But I refrain, so that no one will think of me more than what I do or say…” reads 2 Corinthians 12: 6.

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“Or because of these extraordinarily great revelations,” continues 2 Corinthians 12:7.

“Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming vain, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.

God uses our weaknesses and "the spikes" to strengthen us, say the religious leaders.

God uses our weaknesses and “thorns” to strengthen us, say religious leaders.
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The apostle Paul recognizes his humility through his struggle — then asks God three times to be delivered from him, this “messenger of Satan”.

“In our lives, our own sufferings are also a way for God to strengthen us.”

God even uses our weaknesses to bring us more strength and closeness to Him, as 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 reveals, a South Carolina faith leader told Fox News Digital.

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“Saint Paul asks God to remove a thorn from his side, but God does not,” said Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Indian Land, South Carolina.

Our own sufferings are "a way for God to strengthen us" and provoke "greater blessings than we could ever have imagined," said the Father.  Jeffrey Kirby.

Our own sufferings are “a way for God to strengthen us” and bring “greater blessings than we could ever have imagined”, the father said. Jeffrey Kirby.
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“Instead, God is blessing Paul through his suffering,” he continued, “and giving him something beyond physical healing.”

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He added, “In our lives, our own sufferings are also a way for God to strengthen us – and to bring greater blessings than we could ever have imagined.”

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