2 Corinthians 12 tells us that we should be content in our persecutions and hardship, for when we are weak God makes us strong.
Paul describes a brother in Christ who was caught up into the third heaven, an experience in which only God knows the details. The brother heard things which cannot be told, and no man can describe.
Paul was very clear regarding boasting of one's self. He said that on his own behalf, he would not boast except to boast of his weakness. Though he would be speaking the truth in telling his heavenly experiences, he did not want others to think more of himself than they should.
To keep himself from being conceited by describing the greatness of his revelations, Paul was given a thorn in the flesh. Paul described this "thorn" as a messenger of Satan sent to harass him, yet the evil spirit was sent to keep Paul from becoming conceited.
Three times Paul pleaded with God to ask this evil messenger of Satan to leave, but it did not. God said to Paul, "My Grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in weakness!"
Therefore, Paul gladly and proudly boasted of his weaknesses. In his weakness, the power of Christ rested upon Paul. For the sake of Christ, Paul was content with weaknesses. He was content with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.
Paul said, "For when I am weak, then I am strong!"
As Christians we should ask ourselves: Are we proud of our weaknesses and God's grace that forgives us of each and every one of them? Do we try to hide our weaknesses from others, or confess our sins to others so that we can be humble and God can have the glory? Are we content when others insult us, or do we fire back with vengeance? Do we follow leaders who boast in themselves, going on about visions and experiences rather than boasting in their weakness? Are we following leaders like Paul who remained humble, or leaders like Balaam who's fame was spread throughout the land?