Is overeating my “thorn in the flesh”?

Q: So what is your take on the thought that this problem [persistent overeating/overweight] is my “thorn in the flesh” and it’s not going away?

A: My take is that it’s unlikely it’s your “thorn,” because the likelihood is Paul’s thorn was illness of some sort (possibly eye disease that may have even been disfiguring), not temptation or “self-life.” None of us will be totally sanctified this side of heaven, but all of us have the potential to have a natural relationship with food as our minds are renewed and as we more and more trust God to be there for us in the areas where we are attempting to take care of ourselves through food.

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