The fervor of the revival meeting was at fever pitch! The preacher had now challenged each member of the congregation to confess his or her sins publicly – in the service – and seek forgiveness. “Just confess your sins and God’ll forgive you!” They began meekly at first, but then the worshipers enthusiastically stood to confess their sins while the rest of the congregation responded with “Hallelujah” and “Amen.” ...See where this is going?
The punchline to this story is ONE person finally confesses to top them all. His sins went so far over the line, so far out of social acceptability, so outside the LAW as to be criminal behavior! The congregation was frozen in shock and the preacher changed from “God’ll forgive you!” to “I Don't Believe I'd A-Told That!”
Can we even begin to BOAST about our sins (when I am weak, I am strong) and begin to outdo each other with our “thorn in the flesh?” Is that what Paul means in our text today? Consider that today with me.