“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
Reread those verses. What do you notice?
- The God of ALL comfort
- Comforts us in ALL our troubles
- SO THAT we can comfort others
- CHRIST’S SUFFERINGS flow over into our lives
- CHRIST’S COMFORT OVERFLOWS
At times it is easy to list the sufferings, our own sufferings that is. But how often do we spend time listing the sufferings of others? The despair of darkness is sitting over this world and yet the Light is still here. Unfortunately too many with the Light are too caught up in the culture, the demise of society, politics, sports, and a variety of other things. Too often our focus keeps us from making an eternal difference in this dark world. Some are too scared of the culture to make a difference. Many are too concerned about our own sufferings and not concerned about the comfort that has been received going out to those who truly need it. Some have even chosen to forsake the fellowship of believers for a little extra sleep and yard work. Christian it is time for believers to re-focus on Christ. Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith let us live in a way that is worthy of him and let us move forward with what he is calling us to do.
Satan lies to believers all the time. His goal is to make us ineffective in this world because he can’t keep us in his grip forever. Our salvation is sealed by God and the Holy Spirit is God’s deposit on us. Oh that we will finish well. Christians we have what the world desperately needs. We have hope! Paul goes on to write in verse 7, “And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” My hope is that as you have been given you will also give: generously without reserve. The power of the Holy Spirit is in you. Who is God calling you to share the gospel with today? Who is God asking you to pray for today? Who are you going to offer comfort to today?
I read a banner this week and it resonates well with me. I pray it will inspire you today to obey God and do big and small things for Him and His Kingdom.
Nothing is more important than today
We are not guaranteed tomorrow so let’s make much of Jesus today!
Be Abundantly His!