A Rose by Any Other Name Still Has Thorns

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Roses are beautiful creations.  They may vary in size, color, and even in shape.  But they still have those nasty thorns.  No matter how careful I am when I handle them, I always stick myself.  In Paul’s 2nd letter the Corinthians, he notes, To keep me from being proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me. (2 Cor. 12:7)

You might think that a mighty apostle like Paul who was given so much by God to share with the New Testament church would be able to pray away this thorn.  After all, he had already endured 39 lashes five times, been beaten with rods three times, and been stoned once.  He had come through to the other side of each of these times of suffering.

Paul prayed three times for God to remove the thorn.  With all that he had…

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2 thoughts on “A Rose by Any Other Name Still Has Thorns

  1. Thank you, Pastor J and Ken for I am so blessed and thankful to have brothers in Christ that I can look to for words of encouragement, wisdom, and knowledge of His word. In my weakness, I am made strong!

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