Comfort in Times of Sorrow
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Comfort in Times of Sorrow

 

For the most part, life is filled with blessings that bring great joy. However, suffering is also part of life.  The mass shooting in Las Vegas this past weekend and the shooting at the church in Tennessee the weekend before, remind us that suffering can come when we least expect it.  All of us have had events that bring a bit of sorrow into our lives.  Sometimes these sorrows seem to overwhelm us. These may be moral problems, loss of jobs, physical health concerns such as cancer and other serious health issues as well as surgeries. Also, from time to time we have sorrow when loved ones die.  Many people face more than one of these heart-breaking situations.

 

Because of the sorrow that comes into our lives we need to be reminded of what the Bible says about comfort – comfort that God gives as well as comfort that each of us can provide to others. One of the best sources for this subject is to examine the life of Paul and what he says about affliction and comfort.  He particularly deals with this topic in II Corinthians (1:3-12; 4:8-18; 11:16-33; 12:7-10).  These passages are worthy of our study, but I want to share some thoughts from the first chapter of second Corinthians.  Here are 20 points we can take from the first 12 verses:

 

  • God is the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, v. 3.

  • God comforts us in all our afflictions, v. 4.

  • God comforts us so that we can comfort others, v. 4.

  • Those who have been comforted by God use that comfort to comfort others, v. 4.

  • The sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, v. 5.

  • Our comfort from Christ is abundant, v. 5.

  • Our affliction may help someone else be comforted and bring them to salvation, v. 6.

  • When we are comforted, it is for the benefits of others, v. 6.

  • We should endure suffering with patience, v. 6.

  • We should have confidence that sharers in our suffering will also be sharers in our comfort, v. 7.

  • One’s suffering can get to the point that he despairs of life, v. 8.

  • One can suffer beyond one’s strength to bear, v. 8.

  • Through our suffering we can learn not to trust in self, v. 9.

  • Through suffering one learns to trust God, v. 9.

  • God will deliver us, v. 10.

  • One must have God as his hope, v. 10.

  • Others can help one endure suffering by their prayers, v. 11.

  • Some may give thanks on behalf of the favor bestowed on one because others prayed, v. 11.

  • During suffering one must conduct himself in holiness and godly sincerity, v. 12.

  • One is not to conduct himself in worldly wisdom, but in the grace of God, v. 12.

 

God is the Father of mercies and the God of all Comfort, let’s never forget where to go in times of need!


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