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Receiving The Comfort of God
3/31/2016

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. 2 Cor. 1:3-5 (NKJV)

There are times in my physical and spiritual life where I go through trials and persecution. And as much as I would like to keep from experiencing these times, I realize how much God teaches me in them. Sometimes I can feel tired and beat down from the attacks of the enemy, but then I am quickly reminded of Paul’s letter to the church of Corinth. Paul wrote to them praising God for His great comfort and mercy that was shown to him (2 Cor. 1:3-5). Paul had experienced many trials and he felt God’s amazing comfort in the midst of these trials.

The word comfort isn’t just about feeling cozy in the midst of trying times, but it has at its root the implication of helping or strengthening. So when God comforts us, He is actually helping us and strengthening us. This strength is critical to our spiritual growth and success, as well as being effective in ministering to others—we are now equipped to help, or comfort those in the midst of trials as well.  

Unfortunately, there are many times when a person’s pride will keep them from revealing their needs to another Christian brother or sister, and as a result, they won’t experience the comfort that God wanted to give them through another person.

Q:     So how does this apply to us as Christian men and women?

When we find ourselves experiencing trials in our Christian walk, we need to always seek God for His comfort, and also allow Him to minister to us through other believers. We can study the Scriptures and have a very good understanding of God’s word, but it isn’t until we experience our own personal trials and receive God’s comforting, that we will truly have the experience and compassion to minister and be used by God to comfort others.  

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, where does all of our comfort come from when we face trials or tribulation?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allowing God to comfort you through others, and are you allowing God to comfort others through you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to allow God to comfort others through you when they are in trouble in the same way He comforted you when you went through your troubles. 

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, I thank You for the comfort You have given me when I was in the midst of my trials and tribulations. Help me to be used to bring this same comfort to others when they are in trouble. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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