"There was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me" (2 Cor. 12:7). The Christian
today can imitate Paul in overcoming temptation. Although Paul had many problems, he had one bigger than the others in
living the Christian life, that is, his thorn in the flesh (2 Cor. 12:7). Nowhere in the New Testament writings
does Paul suffer so much with a problem. In the context of the above mentioned scripture he has already mentioned his
physical persecutions which had caused physical pain (2 Cor. 11:16-33). However, his thorn had caused him
confusion at first.
If you are tempted to react improperly to a personal problem you face, you may follow Paul's example in overcoming temptation(s). The three-fold solution in overcoming temptation is to do as Paul:
You must be a Christian to have such relationships. Have you obeyed the gospel? Hear (Rom. 10:17), Believe (Jn. 8:24), Repent, Confess Christ (Acts 8:37), Be baptized (Acts 2:38). Then, live faithfully as a Christian (Col. 1:23).