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Thorns

I have no idea why, but here lately I've been singing "every rose has its thorns" at the most random time. I can't come up with one good explanation as to why. Honestly. It's random, it's a classic, and the station I listen to (nor the playlist on my phone) plays anything remotely close to this type of music. Yet I still find myself singing it.


It's interesting, though, because thorns have been on my mind. In 2 Corinthians, Paul described a persistent issue as a thorn in his flesh, but we have no idea on what it is. He says it was sent to make sure he never become too conceited, though he asked the Lord 3 times to remove it. But the Lord replied, my grace is sufficient (verse 12:9).


Many have come up with their guesses as to what the thorn is. But I like the fact that it was left out. We can make our own assumptions on what it may be. What is that thorn for you? We all have one. Is it a physical ailment? A weakness? A sin that you can't seem to be delivered from? I've heard many describe their sufferings and issues as it pertains to homosexuality, drugs, alcohol, gambling, lying, stealing, fornication, etc. We decide to not talk about these things often, neglecting that the Bible clearly speaks against each and every one of them.


Romans 1:27, In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Galatians 5:19-21, Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Obviously the aforementioned list doesn't encompass all the sins, weaknesses, and possible thorns that we, as Christians, endure and face. Either way, I rejoice when I think of the other thorns. When on trial for His life, soldiers twisted thorns into a crown and placed it on the head of Jesus. He endured torture, whips, lashes, and mockery for any thorn we may be tormented with. He was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought us peace was all on Jesus. Grace came into place and the wrath of God was poured out on the cross. His thorns for ours. This is amazing grace!

John 19:2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe.

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