What Does Paul’s Thorn Teach Us?

Was Paul’s flesh thorn

Made of persecution or disease?

Satan sent the thorn, we know,

At the very least.

If Paul’s thorn was as illness,

Jesus had the remedy.

As he told the suffering apostle,

“My grace is your key.

I make my power perfect in

Your weakness, don’t you see?

In James it says resist the devil

And he has to flee.

But you can’t fight him on your own.

You must rely on me.”

So, if Paul’s flesh thorn was an illness,

   He had grace to fight it.

God gave him power to resist,

   But how did he ignite it?

For grace comes to the humble,

Not to those who walk in pride.

  To keep Paul’s ego small,

 The thorn was stuck into his hide.

 To rid himself of it,

I think he had to bend his knee

And have the Jesus people

Pray for him to be set free.

“For you are all Christ’s body,”

He had told them.

“You’re the church.

  When someone has a problem,

  You don’t leave them in the lurch.

  One has a word of knowledge,

Some have faith for miracles,

Another has a wisdom word

To give to cure my ills.

I’m not a super Christian,

I need all of your support.

Don’t anybody hide their light,

Don’t anyone fall short.

Combine your gifts, united stand,

Let each one have a turn.

It’s time, the vision to fulfill

For which our Lord does yearn.

 Let all divisive thorns be scorned

As sister works with brother,

Fulfilling Jesus’ words

To love and honor one other.

 

Author: wingandprayer

I am a writer of Biblically-based and other sorts of humor because I want to see the spirit of heaviness lifted off of people and replaced with the garment of praise as it says in Isaiah 61:3.

Throughout the years, God has inspired me with a number of ideas for fun stories based on the Bible and on Biblical characters. You can find one of my articles, “A Queen’s Eye View of Insecurity,” in the Faithwriters’ book “Mixed Blessings, Classically Inspired,” published by Breath of Fresh Air Press. Several other articles of mine, winning entries in Faithwriters contests, have been accepted for publication. Now my first super hero book is on its last leg of revisions. I look forward to sharing it with my fellow fantasy enthusiasts once it is published.

I also write healing tracts for missions and evangelism and have illustrated several books, including “How do You Hide a Dinosaur?”, “The Nail,” “The Tree,” and “The Vine,” by Peg Stormy Bradley.

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