His Grace is Sufficient

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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

Our verse today is part of a passage where Paul describes a “thorn in the flesh” that he was given to keep him from becoming conceited because of the surpassing revelations he received from God. He pleaded with God to remove it, but God responded by saying that His grace is enough for Paul and that His power is made perfect in Paul’s weakness.

Grace Sufficient in Weakness: The central message of this verse is that God’s grace is sufficient for us in times of weakness, inadequacy, and difficulty. Paul acknowledges his own limitations and struggles, but he finds comfort in knowing that God’s grace is more than enough to sustain him through any challenge he faces.

God’s Power Manifests in Weakness: Paul recognizes that it is in his weakness that God’s power is most evident. When we are weak, we rely more on God’s strength, which enables us to overcome obstacles and fulfill His purposes. This paradoxical truth highlights the transformative power of God’s grace in the lives of believers.

Boasting in Weakness: Instead of hiding his weaknesses or pretending to be strong, Paul chooses to boast about his weaknesses. This attitude demonstrates humility and a reliance on God’s strength rather than his own abilities. By embracing his weaknesses, Paul allows Christ’s power to work through him more effectively.

Dependence on God: This verse underscores the importance of dependence on God rather than self-reliance. It reminds us to trust in God’s provision and to seek His strength in times of need.

Overall, 2 Corinthians 12:9 encourages us to find comfort in God’s grace, to embrace their weaknesses as opportunities for God’s power to be displayed, and to rely on His strength rather than our own. It serves as a reminder of the transformative power of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

–Diane (

Written by Diane Levy


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