But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV

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Boast

We Canadians love to say nice things about our country. You might even say we boast, if that doesn’t sound too unCanadian. In a 2017 article about what Canadians think of our country, 39% said that our country’s nature and landscape is the best thing about Canada. Those between the ages of 35-54 are more likely to peg Canada’s nature and landscape as the country’s best feature. 23% said Canada would not be the country it is without its people or diversity.

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We all know people who love to boast about themselves. You don’t have to know them long before they list all their accomplishments and tell you how wonderful they are. The Bible tells us that it’s just fine to boast, but as usual, it turns the things of this world upside down. Listen to what boasting in the Kingdom of God is all about in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Followers of Jesus are called to boast in two things – in our own weakness and in Jesus Christ. We boast about our weakness so that Jesus, in His immutable power, will shine from our lives and get all the glory. Take time today to boast about Jesus – tell someone else all about Him.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley