Observation: Paul is dealing with a problem of people coming to know Jesus, but feeling like the way they walk with Jesus is by following the Old Testament law. He uses a lot of Old Testament imagery and scripture to explain why this is wrong and why adding anything to Jesus’ work causes you to lose Jesus.
Question: What is Paul’s physical condition here? Is it the same thing as the “thorn in the flesh” we read about in 2 Corinthians 12? It is possible they are the same, but we don’t know. The statement about eyes here suggests that Paul’s problems here were related to sight. 6:11 could agree with this. Referring back to the “thorn” and considering the physical abuse Paul described in 2 Corinthians 11 it seems clear that Paul would have some physical challenges and perhaps it benefits us to not know specifics so that we don’t discount Paul’s statements in relation to our own challenges.
Application: I need to continually submit myself to God’s control through His Spirit so that the fruit described here would be seen in my life.
Prayer: Father, thank You for giving me Your Spirit who causes me to cry out “Abba, Father.” Thank you for lavishing your love upon me that I am called Your child.