The Lord said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” […] For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
– 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Christians who focus on Jesus and on His teachings and who listen out for His promptings through the Holy Spirit, gain wisdom, humility and strength.
Wisdom is when we recognise our own weaknesses, and have the ability to distinguish them from that which we have no control over.
Humility is when we humbly admit the weaknesses we see in ourselves, and when, in submissiveness to the Lord, we meekly accept suffering which comes our way.
Strength is what the Spirit builds up in us, to help us overcome temptations, pride and self-centeredness. It helps us carry those difficulties, which God permits in order to help us realise that we cannot stand firm by our own efforts alone.
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” – St Paul, in his letter to the Romans (8:28)
“We have to glory in the knowledge of our own weakness in order to acquire the strength of Jesus Christ, which is holy humility, without giving in to lack of confidence, as the devil wants, and falling into more serious sins.” – St. Alphonsus
Lord, I need You by my side,
to comfort me and to give me counsel;
to guide me; to forgive me.
Lord, give me the humility to keep my strengths in check,
for they can become my weaknesses.
Lord give me the wisdom to recognise my weaknesses,
for in doing so, I will be strengthened.
Lord, Your grace is sufficient for me.
Thank You Lord Jesus Christ, my God and my Saviour.