Our Comfort Abounds

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by SueJLove, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. Monday, April 21, 2014, 6:39 a.m. – the Lord Jesus put the song in mind, “What The Lord Says.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 (NIV).

    In All Our Troubles

    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 receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 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.

    God comforts us

    What kinds of troubles are you presently facing? First of all I should ask, do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Are you walking in fellowship with him? Are you suffering for your faith in him and your testimony for him? In context, I believe this is the type of suffering of which Paul is speaking here. He and the other apostles were facing hardship, persecution, false accusations, beatings, false arrests and even threats against their own lives, i.e. they were sharing in the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings. Yet, could other types of sufferings be implied here, as well? Certainly, for Paul used such phrases as “all our troubles,” and “any trouble.” As well, I believe there can be various types of comfort we receive based upon the type of suffering we are going through, though there may be commonalities, as well.

    The word translated as “trouble” in the NIV means “persecution, affliction, distress, tribulation; properly, pressure (what constricts or rubs together), used of a narrow place that ‘hems someone in’; tribulation, especially internal pressure that causes someone to feel confined (restricted, ‘without options’)” (http://biblehub.com/greek/2347.htm). I’ve been there. I suspect you have, too. Yet, Jesus cares about all our afflictions, poverty, trials, tribulations, hardships, sorrow and pain. He is even concerned with those troubles brought upon our lives via our own stubborn wills and sinful behaviors. This is why I believe that our “comfort” can be varied depending upon the source or type of suffering we are going through, for the word “comfort” actually means “exhort, entreat, beseech, encourage and/or admonish” (http://biblehub.com/greek/3870.htm). Sometimes he comforts us with words of reassurance, peace, wisdom and hope, and other times he comforts us with words of reproof, caution, and warning, yet still he offers forgiveness and restoration, i.e. hope.

    We comfort others

    Jesus/God comforts us because he loves us, and he wants what is best for us. He also comforts us so that we may encourage others with the same admonishment and/or reassurance we have received from the Lord.

    I believe with all my heart that scripture teaches that God had a plan and a purpose for my life from even before I was made in my mother’s womb. I believe, as well, that God is absolutely sovereign over all things, and that he placed me in the family where he put me, that he took me places where he wanted me to go, and that he allowed certain circumstances, in particular tribulations, in my life in order to shape and to mold me into the person he created me to be, so that I could be used of him in the lives of other people who are going through similar situations as what I have experienced in my life.

    I believe I would not be here writing out what the Lord Jesus teaches me each day had I not gone through some of the things I have experienced in my life. Had I not traveled a difficult road, it might have been too easy to turn back when the going got rough. I was faced with much rejection, abuse, neglect, misunderstandings, false judgments, and persecution from early on in my life, which has continued throughout the course of my life. Yet, God did not leave me comfortless. He provided his word, himself, spiritual songs and other people along the way to encourage, strengthen and counsel me; to love me and to show me affection; yet also to be honest with me in love. I needed both types of encouragement. Yet, I also had times in my life when I failed God miserably, when I yielded to my flesh, and when I ran for comfort in other things that were not of God because I lacked faith and trust in God to work in those circumstances for his glory. Yet, he never gave up on me. He brought me back, renewed my faith, put me back on the right path, and chose to use me once more.

    He Will Deliver Us

    We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

    No matter what kind of suffering we may be experiencing, whether our trials are truly “light and momentary” troubles by contrast to the difficult sufferings of others, or we are at the point of despairing of life, feeling there is no hope, our God allows these in our lives so that we learn to not rely upon ourselves, but to put our trust in God. Sad to say, but many times it is in the difficulties of life that we learn to place our trust solely in God, to put our hope in him, and to draw on his strength and comfort. When things are going well for us, we can easily become self-consumed, busy with what pleases us, and we can become negligent in continuing in our love relationships with Jesus Christ, even to the point of totally ignoring him. So, he permits us to go through hardships so that we do call upon him and so we do learn to draw on his strength, comfort, counsel, encouragement, direction and teaching.

    As well, he promises us deliverance, not necessarily from the difficulties of life, especially since he tells us that we are destined for such things, and that they serve a purpose in our lives, but that through them he will be with us, will carry us, will comfort us, heal us, show us his love and care for us, and he will use us in the lives of others because of what we have had to endure for the sake of his name.

    I can attest to the fact that God does deliver in many ways. Sometimes he just releases us from the fear of circumstances, and he fills us with his peace. Oftentimes, he shows us the way out of our troubles, or he directs us in the way we should go so that we do not give in to them, and so we do not let them get the best of us. Other times he fills us with promises of hope and healing for the future, even while we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death in the here and now. And, yet other times he intervenes miraculously on our behalf in fighting off our enemies and in giving us physical deliverance from harm.

    Yet, no matter which way he chooses to rescue us in any given circumstance, what is true is that he is always with us, he will never leave us or forsake those who are truly his, he will continue to lead, guide, counsel, love, and protect us from the evil one; and he will sustain us, strengthen us, and give us endurance and perseverance to keep on keeping on, and to never ever give up hope! Amen!

    What the Lord Says / An Original Work

    February 24, 2014 / Based off Isaiah 43:1-44:5

    This is what the Lord says to you:
    Fear not, for I have chosen you.
    I have summoned you by your name.
    You are mine. I died, you to save.

    When you go through your trials, so deep,
    I will be with you; you will not sink.
    You are so precious always to me.
    Trust in your Lord, Savior and King.

    This is what the Lord says to you:
    He who gave salvation to you;
    Who delivered you from your sin;
    Takes your burdens now upon Him:

    Forget the former things of your life.
    Give of your heart not now up to strife.
    See all the new things I have for you.
    Walk in vict’ry. Trust in what’s true.

    This is what the Lord says to you:
    He who made you; who will help you:
    Do not fear what humans may do.
    Walk in freedom. Follow what’s true.

    Drink of my Spirit given for you.
    Trust in my mercy, for I love you.
    I have a plan for all of your life.
    Follow my ways. Do what is right.

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  2. So good to know these words of hope and encouragement. When it seems we're at the end of our tether emotionally and numb from the pain there are no more tears to cry just numbness from the tremendous pain experienced. When there's nothing left, no one to help, comfort or console and it seems the whole world is against you- there is strength in the power of God through the Lord Jesus. He gives us strength to keep going, He believes in us and carries us through such hard times we look back at how hard it was but He made it possible for us it was almost effortless, like gliding, like the eagle who loves flying through the storms so he can fly even higher. The most important thing is how God sees us, that we are valued, so it doesn't matter what others may think if us, negativity, criticisms, trying to pull us down, take away our hope and love, everything that us not of God. If we have God we have everything. The greatest value we have is in Him and of Him.
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  3. Thank you for sharing! I appreciate it!

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