I told my followers to lay down their lives and pick up their cross and follow me. Paul mentioned that he had been given a thorn in the flesh as a messenger of Satan to buffet him. Do you think of these things as curses? Yet these are things of redemptive value so they cannot be curses. From his thorn in the flesh Paul learned that my grace was sufficient for him, and your cross is not a curse. It should be the normal expectation for every believer. You can see the redemptive purpose in my cross. Can you see the redemptive purpose in your own? If not, do not ask that your cross be taken away, but rather that your eyes would be opened to see.
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