Sufficient Grace

One of the characteristics of the erring human so-called mind is to cling to traditions of one sort and another. These traditions are sometimes praiseworthy, sometimes the reverse. A tradition is often so fixed in human belief that in one generation after another individuals accept it without realizing that it may be utterly false.

Many who study Paul's epistles, and particularly his letters to the Corinthians, seem to settle into the conviction that this zealous adherent of Truth was unable to rid himself of a troublesome "thorn in the flesh," and that he therefore bowed in submission to a great burden, having been assured, however, by the all-loving Father that the grace of God would enable him to bear the load. This has been accepted by them in spite of the fact that, due to his spiritually enlightened thought, Paul suffered no harm from a poisonous viper which once fastened on his hand, and that on another occasion he was freed from the prison stocks imposed upon him and his companion. Whatever the nature of the "thorn in the flesh" may have been, it is evident that Paul was not at once able to rise above it in his own thinking; for it is recorded that he "besought the Lord thrice," the reply to his petition being, "My grace is sufficient for thee."

March 24, 1934
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