Grace by definition is unmerited and abundant gifts of God’s love and favor to man.
When the apostle Paul was tormented by Satan and asked God to remove the pain away from his life, not that God didn’t care, but there was a purpose for his suffering as stated in 2 Corinthians 12:9.
2 Corinthians 12:9 New International Version (NIV) 9 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.
Paul’s illness was unknown and there were no specifics on what kind of illness he was dealing with. I believe Paul was allowed to suffer by God so that he had to learn the value of depending upon the strength of our Lord Jesus Christ and not on his own effort. God was teaching Him how to humble himself and subdue his flesh from rising up. That’s why, Paul wrote, “Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.”
James 1:2 also talks about counting it all joy when we fall into various trials knowing that the testing of our faith produces patience.
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