His Strength in Your Weakness

The Apostle Paul deals with an important aspect of grace for suffering in II Corinthians 12. He said, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (verse 9).

This grace is totally of Jesus Christ. The Greek phrase is he charis meaning “the grace.” It means, “this grace which is mine.” It is not that which men understand, but God’s own grace. God is saying, “I’ve been satisfied by the death of my Son. My grace is sufficient for you; do not become proud, arrogant, reactionary, or selfish. Do not live in egocentric, religious ways.” Rather, He tells us, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” The word used here means that grace keeps right on providing you with every need, moment by moment, in every situation. It is a reality that always brings contentment to the believer.

“My strength” is the word dunamis in the Greek, and it means far greater than just what you need when suffering comes; it is more than all you need in every area of life! Dunamis is the functional power of grace and the operation of the Holy Spirit in your life. When you see your weaknesses, rejoice. In them, His strength is made mature and perfect.

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