2 Corinthians 12:1-10 International Children’s Bible
A Special Blessing in Paul’s Life 12 I must continue to brag. It will do no good, but I will talk now about visions and revelations[a] from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who was taken up to the third heaven. This happened 14 years ago. I do not know whether the man was in his body or out of his body. But God knows. 3-4 And I know that this man was taken up to paradise.[b] I don’t know if he was in his body or away from his body. But he heard things he is not able to explain. He heard things that no man is allowed to tell. 5 I will brag about a man like that. But I will not brag about myself, except about my weaknesses. 6 But if I wanted to brag about myself, I would not be a fool. I would not be a fool, because I would be telling the truth. But I will not brag about myself. I do not want people to think more of me than what they see me do or hear me say. 7 But I must not become too proud of the wonderful things that were shown to me. So a painful problem[c] was given to me. This problem is a messenger from Satan. It is sent to beat me and keep me from being too proud. 8 I begged the Lord three times to take this problem away from me. 9 But the Lord said to me, “My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, then my power is made perfect in you.” So I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can live in me. 10 So I am happy when I have weaknesses, insults, hard times, sufferings, and all kinds of troubles. All these things are for Christ. And I am happy, because when I am weak, then I am truly strong.