It was His Habit
As grace has been given to you give back to others
The fight must go on.
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:7-10 New International Version).
Notice how it says a messenger from Satan. It does not mention a physical ailment like many believe but rather a spiritual one. Perhaps Paul had a short temper and knew it was wrong.
We all have our weaknesses.
I have been a smoker for over forty years. No matter now much I try I cannot quit. Doesn’t satan challenge me with the body is the temple of God?
I believe we have been given bad habits we can’t quit to keep us humble. Now, that does not give us contre blank to continue without trying to kick the habit. No way. However, don’t let it beat you up and certainly don’t let others use it to beat you up. Rather keep trying to kick it while praising God for using it to keep you dependant on His grace.
If you kick your habit, by Gods grace, don’t throw it in others faces.
For example a “recovered alcoholic” should never lord it over another alcoholic I kicked it so can you. You’re just not trying hard enough. Beware, this attitude will end up with you being bucked from your high horse and everyone laughing at you.
Instead be quiet and humble. If you see another suffering because of what was once your addiction try to quietly and respectfully help them. If they refuse your help, help them by praying for them.
Prayer: Thank You Jehovah Jireh (God our Provider) for the bad habits that I can not kick. You use them to keep me humble and to help me understand the wonder of Your grace. I shall my beloved never surrender to these destructive habits and by Your grace shall one day overcome them. I give thanks in the name of Him whose grace washes my sins clean, Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.