There were Christians in Corinth who were doing things that were completely out of character for a child of God. Many of them had been attacking Paul. So Paul gave them a good piece of advice. “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” because I’m coming back to Corinth. (2 Corinthians 13) Too many people today are living lives of sin, while telling themselves they are Christians. It is critically important that each one of us examine ourselves! Are we really walking by faith in Jesus Christ? Is there real evidence of regeneration flowing out of our lives”? We certainly should be concerned because Jesus Christ said He is coming back soon, and He tells us to examine our lives. Are you ready?
Paul had been given a “thorn in the flesh.” This was probably a physical ailment, perhaps an eye problem, but we don’t know exactly what it was. However, it bothered Paul so much that he asked God three times to heal him, but God didn’t. Instead the Lord said: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul went on to say that he had learned to “boast in his infirmities that the power of Christ may rest on me.” Sometimes we find that we will never really experience the strength of God until we first experience our own weakness in some glaring way. Do you want power in your life? It might come through infirmities. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927 – 2013