But he has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you; for power is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly then will I boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may abide upon me.
3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit! For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 "Blessed are they that mourn! For they will be comforted.
5 "Blessed are the gentle! For they will inherit the land.
For such grief as God approves works a change of heart leading to salvation and is never to be regretted. But the grief of the world results in death.
Notice this very grieving as God approves, how great earnestness resulted from it in your case, what effort to defend yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what just punishment! In everything you showed yourselves blameless in the matter.