Thursday, June 12, 2008

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

"(3)Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,(4) who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.(5) For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. (6)If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. (7)And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, you also share in our comfort."

I love this verse because it is full of hope.

I went on http://www.blueletterbible.org/ to look up the translation of this from Pastor Chuck Smith put it in simple terms.

Verse 4:When we experience God's help and comfort during a trial. we're better prepared to minister to others


Verse 5:Paul had endured many sufferings and had even been given up for dead. Those who say that all Christians should be healthy don't under stand God's dealings with man. Though God didn't remove Paul's thorn in the flesh, He did give him the strength to bear it

Verse 6-7:Paul could see the purpose for his sufferings.

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