Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Value of Thorns

I wish that I would remember to be more greatful for my thorns than I am for my roses. If God did not allow them we would not run to Him, and receive from Him.
Thorns are more valuable to our spiritual growth. They are given to us by a loving Father to mold us into righteousness (Mal.3:3, 1Cor. 3:13, 1Peter 1:7).

“Shew me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain." George Matheson

"The Lord is compassionate about our trials, but He's more concerned about how we handle them. "- Warren Wiersbe

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.
2Co 12:7-10

1 comment:

Linda said...

This is a beautiful post. It is hard to be grateful for the thorns, but we do know that He uses them to produce beautiful things in our lives.