I’m dealing with a thorn in the flesh that increasingly frustrates me and makes me feel worn down, beaten, and overwhelmed. I’ve fought it again and again, without much success. I don’t recall having this trouble to this extent in younger years.
“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” -2 Cor. 12:7-10
My thorn is cursing/bad language/aka: cussing.
I don’t know why I have such a hard time getting a hold on this. It seems to become an issue when I’m pushed past my endurance/patience. I can feel my blood pressure beginning to rise. I know when I’m in danger of losing it and engaging in this ugly talk. Immediately, I began calming thoughts to myself, prayer, and try to focus on the fruits of the spirit — specifically self control. Sometimes these things help, but sometimes they absolutely do not. Sometimes I just plain fail miserably. The guilt is overwhelming each time that I fail.
I’m bothered by this in particular because of the following bible passage:
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. – Luke 6:45
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6
This kind of filthy talk is no longer acceptable in my life. At one time, I didn’t care what anyone thought about how I speak and didn’t believe God particularly cared either. A few years ago, though, I decided to live according to how the bible tells me to live. Now, I am committed to living a life for God, for Jesus Christ, and completely belong to my Lord and Savior. I want little more than to do His will in every aspect of my life. I don’t want to be hampered by some bad habit that doesn’t seem to want to cease. I wonder if other Christians have trouble with this, and if so, why is this so hard for me to stop doing?
- 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 Thorn in My Flesh (calixatlanta.wordpress.com)
- Thorns of truth (kathybruins.com)
- The Thorn (thresholdofheaven.com)
- Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh (bricehope.wordpress.com)
- The Thorn (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- The Thorn in My Side (weepingintodancing.wordpress.com)
- The Advantages of Weakness (majesticpublications.com)