Key Words: Who comforteth us
Someone has said that II Corinthians, chapter 1, is the “remembering” chapter because Paul encourages us to....
Remember what God is to you (verses 1 – 3),
Remember what God does for you (verse 4a), and
Remember what God does through you (verses 4b – 11).
One of my favorite stories is told by Dr. George W. Truett, who pastored the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, for nearly 50 years. In one of his sermons, he told about an unbelieving couple whose baby died suddenly. Dr. Truett conducted the funeral and later had the joy of seeing them both trust Jesus Christ.
Many months later, a young mother lost her baby; and again, Dr. Truett was called to bring her comfort. But nothing he shared with her seemed to help her. But at the funeral service, the newly converted mother stepped to the girl’s side and said, “I passed through this, and I know what you are passing through. God called me, and through the darkness I came to Him. He has comforted me, and He will comfort you!”
Dr. Truett said, “The first mother did more for the second mother than I could have done, maybe in days and months for the first young mother had traveled the road of suffering herself.”
The problem with the church at Corinth was they were not remembering what God was to them, or what God had done for them, or what God could do through them because they were consumed with self.
Every trial of life that we face can be used by God to be a blessing to others. I encourage you, don’t blow your opportunities to be a blessing.
What to do:
✞ Use your trials to comfort others. That’s a ministry we should all have.
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