Devotional 5/16

If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 2 Corinthians 1:6

They comfort others who themselves have mourned.

Sophocles

The love of God reaches our deepest sorrows and most painful afflictions. He wants us to be joyful, through the good and the bad. Paul ministers to us today: God wants to love on us, so that we could love on others.

Paul said the God who comforted Him, taught Him to do the same for others. He wants us to know that what we go through is for other people to benefit from it too. The Lord causes all things to work for good, and God’s good is essentially our SALVATION. Salvation is to be saved from something and to prevent something from happening but also to endure something. Salvation is to be healed, to be whole, to be free, to be forgiven, to have peace with God, and so many other things. We receive salvation, so that we could share that love with others. We receive forgiveness, so that we could forgive others.

The Lord does not particularly want to make us happy or cheerful, because happiness is circumstantial. But the Spirit of God gives us His comfort, so we can be restored and to also restore others.

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, I come before you to ask you to reveal yourself as the lord of comfort. May us, our friends and families experience your tangible love. May we be instruments in your hands, to comfort others in their mourning seasons, in persecution, afflictions and griefs. In Jesus name. Amen.

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