“Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NLT).

With 24/7, instant breaking news, especially in a big election year in the U.S., weaknesses or failures in everyone from politicians to business people to parents are immediately trumpeted, exploited and possibly prosecuted. It almost seems the media is on the prowl to seek and destroy anyone displaying less than perfect behavior. At the same time, hypocrisy is rampant.

It’s human and normal to want to appear strong. We often go to great lengths to hide our flaws and cover up our inadequacies. But that’s not what God is looking for. Paul admitted his weaknesses, including his thorn in the flesh, so he could give the glory to God and his great power working within him. It’s not that God needs us to be weak so he can take the credit. No, he’s not like us, who take advantage of the powerless and the down and out. God wants relationship, not a power struggle so the sooner we acknowledge who has the power, the sooner we can get on with the loving and being loved.

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