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Thorn in the side / Thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 12:7)

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bible verse

“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.”

meaning

A thorn in your side is someone or something that causes trouble or makes life difficult for you.

origin and application

Paul the apostle was converted to Christianity on his road to Damascus when Jesus Christ revealed himself to him. A devoted Christian with great faith, he suffered pain in his flesh throughout his life. For three times he asked God to take away the pain from him, but God did not, for God replied, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul boasted all the more gladly about his pain, because in weaknesses and hardships he could see God’s power in him. Hence his famous saying, “For when I am weak, I am strong.”

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