Top 100 Children’s Bible Memory Verses: God’s Grace Is Enough – The Story Behind 2 Corinthians 12:9



2 Corinthians 12:9 is a favorite children’s bible memory verse, but how many know the story behind this verse?

But He (God) said to me (Paul), ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I (Paul) will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”  

Paul wrote this second letter to the Corinthian church to express his joy over being able to minister with them.

This letter was written about 6 months after 1 Corinthians.  Paul was preparing to come back and visit the Corinthians.

Some questioned that Paul was called to be the leader of the Corinthian church.  As Paul defends his leadership in this letter, he also reminds the Corinthians about his dependency upon God.

God had given Paul a ‘thorn in the flesh’ to keep Paul humble.  We don’t know exactly what that ‘thorn’ was but it could have been a physical limitation like poor eyesight.  Paul had asked God 3 times to remove that ‘thorn’ but God said no and answered back in the 2 Corinthians 12:9.

God told Paul that this ‘thorn’ kept Paul dependent and humble and showed the incredible power of God’s grace to meet every one of our needs.

Paul determined that he would boast in his weakness then because is exposed God’s wonderful grace all the more.

Now you know the story behind 2 Corinthians 12:9. For more on 2 Corinthians visit…

The Big Idea Of 2 Corinthians Is The Story Of Paul’s Joy In Partnering With Them In The Ministry.

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It provides the Big Story behind all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  


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