May 31st, 2016

1 Corinthians 1: 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and Salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer

Giselle's Devotional, home-page, by Giselle.

If I am going to undertake anything that is challenging, and I overcome, I can then tell you without the shadow of a doubt, that if it worked for me, by applying the same principles, it will also definitely work for you. In the same way with sufferings, as varied as they may be, if my testimony is that the Lord has seen me through, and He certainly has (and does), He will also most certainly see you through. And it goes without saying that it also applies to comfort. In all the trials that I have endured, and have been comforted by the Lord, throughout my life, I eventually met thousands who needed the reassurance that He was there for them in the same capacity of the God of all comfort. That is why it is so important to endure, because somewhere down the road, someone we know, or will meet, will need to hear our testimony of how the Lord’s mercy and grace comforted us in our time of need.

In verse 3 – 5: we read, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; 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 are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”  “Sufferings in abundance” is not something most of us want to hear, but with that measure, we are also assured of Comfort in abundance.

Luke 6: 36 – 38: says, “Be merciful, just as your (Heavenly) Father is merciful. And do not judge and you will not be judged; and do not condemn and you will not be condemned; pardon and you will be pardoned. Give and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” We can see very plainly that being merciful to others is directly related to receiving; so in order to receive, we must first give, and continue to give, so that we may continue to receive what God would pour into our lives. Freely we have received, we are to freely give.

Isaiah 49: 8 + 13: says, “Thus says the Lord, “In a favorable time I have answered You, and in a day of Salvation I have helped You; And I will keep You and give You for a Covenant to the people, to restore the land, and to make them inherit the desolate heritages. Shout for joy, O Heavens! And rejoice O earth! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people, and will have compassion on His afflicted.”

Dearest Holy Lord Jesus: what an awesome privilege we have in receiving Your mercy, grace, and comfort into our lives. Come by Your Holy Spirit, and encourage many through the truth of Your Word, to share of Your great goodness they have received with others. Enable us to become vessels through which You may continue to pour out of Your Mighty comfort within this suffering world. All Glory to You alone!

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