If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 2 Cor. 11:30 NIV
Weaknesses… Not many people talk about them. Society cautions us on sharing our weaknesses, as others will use it against us, look down us, or use it as a ‘big stick’ over our heads. And what I’ve found out personally, not everyone can manage to hear about my weaknesses. So, in the face of all these things, how do I boast about my shortcomings?
The Matthew Henry commentary explains that, “Sufferings for righteousness’ sake will, the most of any thing, redound to our honour”. Paul was therefore saying that we must boast in our suffering, in our physical and mental weaknesses, and in our moral frailty not because men will find out and talk, but because it will glorify God.
Therefore, I boast that, for now, Christians in Jamaica are not prosecuted for being Christians. I thank God, because it is difficult to hear of the other Christians worldwide who die or have to hide because they believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, I am grateful that I do not have such suffering. But, I am still weak.
–> My reputation has been attacked by persons.
–> My name has been scandalised and lies told on me, even to strangers who do not know me.
–> I’ve been looked down on for my leadership strategy.
–> I’ve been insulted and treated as if I were incapable of completing certain tasks.
–> I hold mental grudges.
–> I tend to compare a person’s spiritual credibility to their past sin(s).
–> I sometimes hate church because we are too petty. Adult Christians being petty is not cute to me.
–> I struggled with thoughts of leaving God so that I can be in a “modern relationship”, as opposed to the traditional christian view of sex within a marriage.
–> I no longer study the bible as I used to enjoy doing.
–> I tend not to trust my friends, and some times will only tell them things I will tell anybody.
…And the list goes on.
But the good thing is that I can put all these before God when I go to the Throne of Grace seeking mercy and grace. I can share my weaknesses with a God who is absolutely loving, understanding, forgiving, and patient. I can trust him to help me to overcome hate and forgive; I can rest in his assurance that in time, my weaknesses will be changed as he molds me to be a better person.
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 Cor 12:9.