Overflowing Comfort


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 11,12; Psalm 50; 2 Corinthians 1

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Corinthians 1:1-11

In the past, I have talked a lot about how God comforts us in our times of sorrow.  When we are suffering, God provides us with comfort in many ways.  We are comforted by His Word and by stories of the comfort He has provided for others during times of strife.  We are comforted by His promises to us of eternal protection.  We are comforted by the Holy Spirit living inside of us providing us with the encouragement to move forward.  There are countless ways in which He provides us with His comfort.  In today’s key passage, Paul touches on something a bit different, though.  Paul talks about why God comforts us.  Obviously, one reason God provides us with comfort in our times of need is because of His great love for us.  He does not want to see us suffer since we are His children.  However, there is another reason for His comfort that I would like us to really focus on today.  In 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, Paul says, “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.”  See, God does not just comfort us for our own sake.  He comforts us for the sake of others.

As followers of Christ, we learn to love others unconditionally by focusing on the unconditional love God has for us.  Likewise, we can learn to comfort others by focusing on the comfort God provides to us.  One of the primary ways God comforts us is by using our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Have you ever noticed that when you are really down or things are going badly, another believer comes along and says just the right thing to make you feel better?  This is an example of God using His people to provide us comfort.  Have you ever been stuck in a bad mood but find your spirits lifted by a song on the radio?  This is another example of God using His people to provide us comfort.  God does this all the time, and the fact is that He wants to use YOU to help comfort someone else.  He provides you with comfort in your time of need to the point of overflowing so that the level of comfort you have received from Him can be shared with others.  When a person comes along and says the perfect thing that you need to hear in your time of distress, it is partly so that you will be able to say the perfect thing that someone else needs to hear in his time of distress.  Focus on the ways in which God has comforted you in the past.  Focus on what He has done to help you.  Then, when you see others in need of comfort, share your comfort with them.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on April 1, 2013, in 08 - 2 Corinthians and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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