A thorn in the flesh
Student / 2010
Understanding, helping and ultimately finding victory in situation of chronic suffering.
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‘When I am weak, I am strong’ God’s grace and the strength of weakness
What difference does God’s gracious purposes make to my suffering? Could I ever ‘boast about my weakness’?
Acceptance: the key weapon for defeating the enemy
How can we ever accept our suffering? What does acceptance mean and what doesn’t it mean? Why is this the way forward?
Wrestling with God and with oneself
How do we react to suffering, within ourselves and towards God? Why do some find suffering strengthens them while others experience a crisis of faith?
Identifying the enemy: Paul’s thorn and ours
What is a ‘thorn in the flesh’ and in what different forms can we experience it? How does this help us understand God and human suffering?