Paulís thorn in the flesh

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To quote from my book, Waiting for Your Ministry:

    Irrespective of whether Paulís ďthornĒ was physical sickness, it has much to teach us. Christ deflected the Devilís dart with such precision that it punctured only that part of Paul that was in danger of bloating with pride. Though hurled in Satanic wrath, it passed through the scarred hands of Jesus and entered Paul as a manifestation of divine love and wisdom. Nevertheless, we can so focus on the good God squeezed out of this that we overlook the key elements. Paulís discomfort originated with the Evil One and became necessary because the sin of pride lurked dangerously near (2 Corinthians 12:1-7).

    Ill health is not Godís first choice; Adam and Eve were created whole. Neither is it his final solution; sickness has no place in the world to come (Revelation 21:4).

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