Sunday, March 4, 2007

God of All Comfort

I found this nice piece over at Mike Ratliff's "Possessing the Treasure" website. Mike's article nicely compliments the missive I felt led of the Lord to write yesterday afternoon, without having seen Mike's post until about five minutes ago. I'm continually amazed at the manner in which the Holy Spirit weaves common threads into the spirit of God's people; although perhaps I should not be surprised since all true born-again believers in the Lord Jesus have been baptized into, and are various members of the Body of Christ, the one true and invisible church.

God of All Comfort
by Mike Ratliff

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 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 ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV)

Suffering is part of life. It is part of the curse that fell upon all creation after Adam’s sin. (Genesis 3) There are some preachers who have taken sections of the Bible out of context to make it say that suffering happens only to those who “have sin in their life.” Well, I suppose part of that is true. We all sin. However, the suffering that comes upon us is not necessarily a punishment from God for some specific sin. Our tests and trials are painful and stressful. They are tests of faith just as much as they are sickness or mental problems. In fact, God uses our suffering for His own purposes in our hearts as well as in the hearts of those whom we minister to.

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