Thoughts: Infirmity – reproach – necessity – persecution – distress. Are these words similar in meaning?
Persecution sounds dire. Infirmity is likewise threatening. Distress and reproach are far from desirable. Necessity is neutral.
Paul writes that he takes pleasure in all of them. This is hard to believe. But the Lord has assured Paul that “My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
We have so much to learn – and so much to understand.
Discussion: What five words would you choose to follow “I take pleasure in ________, _______, ________, ________, and ________?
Activity: This week, take pleasure in writing a note of thanks or sympathy.”
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