Friday, March 9, 2012
Verse for Today - II Corinthians 1:3-4 (click link to read mini-blog)
"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."
Read all of 2 Corinthians 1
In these verses the Apostle Paul is proclaiming his undying devotion and commitment to the Lord for his grace. At the heart of his words is the conviction that Christianity works. That when we worship God and sing His praises, we are doing exactly what we were created to do.
But he pushes this to a level beyond ourselves. He says, not only did and does God do this for us, He comforts us so that we can comfort others. What do you say to someone who has lost a child, a parent and friend? Sometimes nothing... sometimes you just go and share their sorrow, try to help them to bear the pain.
We live in a broken world, but one day all will be made right. As Revelation 21 says,
"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."