July 19th


"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" (II Cor. 1:3-4).

Some are in troubles and tribulation.  Our Heavenly Father provides comfort to us in these situations.  Some may ask, "How does our Heavenly Father provide comfort?"  First, the Father Spirit-birthed His children and placed His only begotten Son the Lord Jesus Christ to live in them as their life.  He is always there as the representative of the Father. Christ is our peace (Eph. 2:14).  Christ provides us access to the Father (Eph. 2:18).  Christ provides our fellowship with the Father (I John 1:3).  Through Christ we will hear and know the love and comfort from our Heavenly Father, more than words could ever explain.

Second, if we get too far down in our troubles and tribulations, we have the Holy Spirit who is at intervals wooing and speaking to us of the things of Christ and Him crucified.  The Holy Spirit focuses us back to Christ instead of on ourselves and our circumstances and situations the old C&S gang.  There is consolation and the comfort of love in Christ through the fellowship of the Spirit (Phil. 2:1).

Third, we have each other, our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  We are to comfort each other and edify one another (I Thess. 5:11).  We remind each other of the coming rapture (I Thess. 4:18) and the sure resurrection of the dead to be with Christ (II Cor. 5:1-8).  Paul shares that when we have been comforted by God in our trials and tribulations, it strengthens us.  We in turn can help comfort others as we have been comforted (II Cor. 1:4).  Paul sent faithful and loving brothers to comfort the church about his imprisonment (Col. 4:7-9).  We need to receive God's comfort and be available in our shared life with Christ, to let Him flow through us as a message and life of comfort to others! V

Written by Dwight Davis


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