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Manny Pacquiao's "Weakness" is God's Strength
Why Manny Pacquiao was Defeated
Manny Pacquiao is, like you and me, a work under process.
And just like Apostle Paul in the midst of suffering on his "thorn"in the flesh, Manny must have heard a gentle whisper from God telling, "My grace is sufficient for you"...
Pacquiao's recent downfall is a display of God's power perfected in weakness. That "thorn" is something he has to endure as a testing of his faith. I sincerely believe it is but a part of God's great plan in preparation for a higher calling God has set before him.
The way he accepted his defeat is a mark of a true sports hero, or more appropriate, a mark of a true Christian. With that humble display of sportsmanship, God is honored. We have to understand that life is not about us, it's about God. His measure of success totally runs counter to the man's shallow concept.
Much as people are so quick to judge, to persecute, (yes, even his own mother), to ridicule, to insult, Manny was so quick to forgive, to let go and let God. As Paul said , "Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weakness, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong". (2 Cor 12:9-10).
Charles Swindoll in his book, "Great days with the Great Lives", put it beautifully when he said, "When you and I boast of our strengths, we get the credit and we keep going under our own head of steam.But when we boast in what He is doing in the midst of our brokenness, inability and inadequacy, Christ comes to the front. His strength comes to our rescue. He is honored."