2 Corinthians 1:5 Suffering And Comfort

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For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:5

Suffering is a part of life on this earth. Everywhere a person looks, he will see suffering of some amount or more. Sometimes it is just a little bit of suffering, while other times it is extreme levels of suffering.

There are two types of suffering that people go through. One is suffering of sickness and general problems in life. These are because of the sin that is in this world. Sickness and problems came into this world when Adam and Eve first sinned and were cast out of the Garden of Eden.

The other type of suffering is found only in believers. This type of suffering is being persecuted for being a believer. Persecution can be very light, just words being said, all the way to being physically tortured or killed. In some areas of the world this is a common daily event for believers to suffer just as Jesus suffered.

However, unlike the world, believers also can receive comfort in their suffering. There will be times God will heal the person or solve the difficult situation. Other times God does not remove the suffering, but is brings about comfort in spite of all the suffering.

Believers have the hope and assurance that the suffering will come to an end some day. They can know that some day Jesus will return and all suffering will be removed. Having this type of hope brings comfort and peace to the heart and mind of a believer who is suffering.

This comfort is not only for the believer himself, but also to pass on to others. Comfort is to be shared with all who need comfort.

As you are going through a time of suffering and pain, focus your eyes and mind upon what Jesus has in store for you. Do not complain about or fear the suffering you may be going through. Think about the joy you will have when God brings you home or Jesus returns to bring you home. It will be an eternal joy, comfort and peace that none in this world can know now.

As God comforts you pass that comfort on to others around you. Share what God has given you and be His witness of His great love and power in your life. It will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that you will know God’s comfort in your life; that God will strengthen you in your suffering; that you will share God’s comfort with others; and that you will keep your eyes focused on Jesus. 

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Romans 15:13 Overflowing With Hope

 

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

All over the world there are people who want joy and peace. They want to see an end to wars and fighting. They want to see an end to crime. They want to have joy and happiness in their lives with the absence of anything negative looking.

The world seeks the joy in things that they have or do. People feel that if they have certain items, their life will be filled with joy. Or if they have a certain position in a job or society, they will be filled with joy. Or if they take certain drugs, they will find joy in life.

The challenge with all of these methods of seeking joy and peace, is that these things are all temporary. They do not last when things go tough. The world is filled with and ruled by sin, keeping joy and peace away.

True joy and peace comes in trusting in Jesus. The peace is found in trusting that God is actually in control. There is a peace in knowing that God is in control of everything that is going on. Nothing happens without His permission. Everything that happens is for the best of a person.

The joy is found in the hope that a person can have in Jesus. It is knowing that He has saved the person. It is knowing that there is coming a day when there will be no more sorrow or tears. There is coming a day when there will be eternal life with God.

Both of these are found only in the hope that a person has in Jesus. Believing that He did die and raise again. Believing that Jesus did remove all sin. Believing that Jesus will return again some day.

As you believe in Jesus, you will be filled with an eternal hope. That hope will bring about joy and peace in your life, despite the circumstances going on around you or in your life.

The Holy Spirit will give you the power needed to keep moving forward in this life with joy and peace. Know this joy and peace and share it with every person you meet. Everyone wants to have joy and peace, and you have it.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know the joy and peace found in Jesus; and that God’s Holy Spirit will strengthen you with His power.

Romans 5:1 Peace With God

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Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 5:1

Paul had just made it clear that doing good works does not save a person. A person is only saved through faith in what Jesus did on the cross. It is only by the grace and mercy of God that a person can receive forgiveness and salvation. Now Paul is talking about the results of receiving that salvation.

The majority of the people around the world are looking for peace. They do not want to be at war with anyone. Yet, the majority are not finding any peace. Nations are constantly at war with each other. Criminals are constantly prowling around to rob and harm others.

Along with the lack of peace between others being seen, there is also a purposeful lack of peace. Many people hold on to grudges of past hurts and refuse to forgive and let things go. There is a constant battle with individuals.

Even stronger than the lack of forgiveness of others, is the lack of forgiveness with God. They are seeking peace with God, not through Jesus, but through doing works for God. Working for God does not bring about any peace with God. There still needs to be forgiveness through faith in Jesus.

When a believer begins to believe in Jesus for forgiveness, there is a peace with God that comes over him. There is no longer a fear of judgment or condemnation. There is no longer a fear that one will not measure up to God’s standards. There is a peace at not having to be concerned about working enough for God to provide salvation.

Peace with God brings about the ability to have peace with others and self.

When you know that you are forgiven and saved by the work of Jesus, you know that you are in right standing with God and have His peace in your life. You will no longer strive to earn your salvation, because you know that you already have it.

This allows you to work for God even more. To work for God and honor Him with your life that He has given you, not to earn something you cannot earn. This peace will pass all understanding, because in reality you do not deserve it, it is a gift from God.

Have faith in God for your salvation and have peace.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will have faith in Jesus; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has given you; and that you will know peace with God in your life. 

John 20:21 Not Judgment, But Peace

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Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21

After Jesus had risen from the dead, He began to show Himself to different people. The disciples were in a locked room when Jesus first appeared to them. They were scared, but His first words to them were to be at peace. Then He sends them out to do a work for God.

When a person is going through a difficult time, the last thing he wants is for all of his friends to reject him, or walk away. He needs the help and support of his friends.

While some get the needed support, many have a lot of friends who walk away. They do not support. This is especially true if the situation is very negative.

Very often when a person is accused of a major crime and sentenced to prison, most of his friends reject him. They do not understand how he could have done such a crime. Many people do not want to be associated with someone who has committed a major crime.

People who have been abandoned by another person in great time of need, will often come back later with accusations against that person. He will be angry for being rejected and left alone to suffer.

Jesus did not do that with the disciples. Every disciple had abandoned Him as He was being accused, beaten and crucified.

Later when Jesus rose from the dead and met with them, the first thing He told them was to be at peace. He was not angry with them for abandoning Him. Jesus forgave them and gave each one a chance to start over. There was no accusation or blaming done at all. They were forgiven.

You may have had a friend who has hurt you or abandoned you in your time of need. Instead of throwing accusations and judgment upon him, forgive him and make peace with him.

There may also be times you have let God down and abandoned Him. Allow Jesus to forgive you and make peace with Him. He is there to bring peace, not condemnation and judgment.

God wants you to have peace in your life with Him. Do not be afraid to meet with God after making a mistake and sinning. He is there to forgive you and restore the peace.

I pray today that you will know the peace Jesus brings; that you will go to God when you make a mistake and sin against Him; that you will not fear approaching God; and that you will make peace with those who have done wrong to you.