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2 Corinthians 1:3-4
2 Corinthians 1:3–4 (ESV): "3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."
Pain has a purpose! It is supposed to move us toward God and allows us to intuitively comfort others who are afflicted. What the enemy means for evil God uses for good!
Paul knows the pain of affliction all too well. He has been beaten to death, scourged and flogged, imprisoned, and shipwrecked to name a few. The Lord saw him through all of these things and because of that he can be a source of comfort to those who are experiencing similar things. Paul knows the comfort of the Father in these moments and thus he can comfort others. In some strange way, this makes all the suffering worth it because it brought him into a deeper place of intimacy with the Father.
When you experience affliction what is your go-to coping mechanism? Do you look to the Lord or something else? God desires to be a comfort to you in these times. He will do this through His Spirit but also through others that will bear witness to His faithfulness. Be comforted, Christian. God is with you! He has not left you or forsaken you. Your affliction has a purpose. Look to God and He will guide and direct your heart, Amen?
Father, we thank You for seeing us through all things. May we never cease to turn to You always, especially in times of affliction that we might be comforted by You and thus become a source of comfort for others. Have Your way in us we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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