Pain (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)Pastor Joe Sanders, October 3, 2010
Part of the Do Something - Make Your Life Count series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Pain might be the most common experience shared by humans throughout history and the world over. In Judeo-Christian circles this issue has been addressed by some of the greatest minds and philosophers. We live in a world that is in pain that causes us pain. Because we are broken by sin, we don't know what to do with that pain and we cause others pain. How can God use pain in my life? Can pain be for anything positive? The Bible speaks into this and tells us that though pain is inevitable, it doesn't only have to hurt! Listen to what Paul says about pain and begin to ask God who around you that is in pain and needs the grace that you've been given to deal with your pain.
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2 Corinthians 12:7-10
7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (KJV)