II Corinthians 12:10

Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

You can’t be perfect. You can’t have it all together. You can’t get it all right. This can be hard to hear. We strive so hard to be perfect in our looks, in how we act and in what we do that we tend to ignore who it is who actually gives us that perfection.

Paul tells us in Corinthians that he was content with being weak, insulted, and persecuted. How can that be? How can anyone be content in weakness and insults? It’s because Paul knew that Christ’s strength was made perfect in his weakness.

When we rely on our own power to be perfect we will fail every time. We are weak, and that’s okay, because it’s Christ who defines us and he is the one who ultimately gives us strength. When we accept our weaknesses it allows us to rely fully on Him* and, in the end, it glorifies God. There is so much freedom to be had in that.

QUESTION 1. In what areas of your life do you strive to be perfect?
QUESTION 2. Do you think it’s okay to be weak and show flaws?
CHALLENGE: Accept your brokenness, flaws, and mistakes and then allow Christ to be your strength every day by simply asking him. It’s that simple.
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