These words sound strange, if not foolish in the ears of carnal man. People seek happiness and pleasure. Who wants to find that in suffering? Is it possible that someone could be happy in infirmities, in reproaches, in persecution or insults? Those who seek fulfillment of life in pleasure will always be dissatisfied. But when the meaning of life is serving Christ, then everything we do or endure will give us pleasure. Whether we are reproached or persecuted, we will rejoice because through it we can show our love for Him. And this would be the greatest pleasure for us. It will be a pleasure for us when people reproach us, or call us old-fashioned, or when they mock at us because we do not conform to this world. Any attack by the devil will be considered as a mark of true discipleship.
We delight in weakness. We accept the fact that we seem to be most vulnerable, but we claim God’s promise, "When I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10). Because "My power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9). The weaker we are the stronger He becomes. The more helpless we feel the greater Helper He becomes. What a mighty God we serve.
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