Paul shares a personal experience where he was given a remarkable vision and revelation from God. He speaks of a thorn in his flesh, a metaphorical problem or weakness that he faced. Paul prayed three times for God to remove it, but God responded by saying His grace was sufficient to sustain Paul through his weakness, as His power is made perfect in weakness.
Despite this thorn, Paul sees it as an opportunity for God’s strength to shine through him. He recognizes that when he is weak, he becomes more reliant on God’s power and grace, leading to a deeper understanding of Christ’s strength working in him. Paul concludes that he will boast in his weaknesses because they reveal God’s power at work in his life.
Additionally, Paul fears that when he visits the Corinthian church, he may find some of them living in sinful behavior. He warns that if he encounters these issues, he will have to take corrective action to ensure the church remains steadfast in their faith and follows the teachings of Christ.