|Paul, who wrote this passage in Romans, came out of a society immersed in shame. He was a Pharisee, and Pharisees were all about perfection. Basically, if you do everything right, you’re in, but if you mess up, you’re out. So Paul, who struggled with strictness, stars teaching others that life isn’t about being perfect, it’s about faith. He becomes vulnerable while teaching, saying, “I do the things I shouldn’t do. I struggle with the things I shouldn’t struggle with. I do what I hate and I don’t do what I want to do.” He’s describing a thorn in his side, but we don’t know what it is. Was it a sickness? Was it an addiction, a sin? None of us know. What we do know is that it was an imperfection. It was something Paul hated. But despite it, God used him to change the world. And God is going to use you to change the world.