Saturday, 3 March 2007

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

(Hurricane Katrina)
God Brings comfort in the midst of great storms

2 Corinthians 1:3-5
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.

It's important to notice 2 things in this passage. First, this provision of comfort is not for us but its intention is so that we can comfort those in any trouble. suffering equips us so that we can better minister to those who are going through trials and hardships.

Secondly, the provision is not deliverance "from" but encouragement in trouble. We are not promised release from trouble but help in the midst of it. If we are serving Christ, we will encounter hardships.

It certainly doesnt feel exciting when we are going through hardships. But God does promise that he will comfort us and he will ultimately use you to impact other people's lives for God through your hardship


Mattrees said...

Great word Pete.

"The God of ALL Comfort"
Thats right - "we love because he first loved us"

Good on you - keep spreading the Good News


Bob said...

God gives us lots of "interesting" life experiences, that should not be wasted in self pity, but used to support others, in their troubled times. Good stuff Pastor Sav.

Deb said...

loving your regular blogs and pics!! :)