Have you ever thought about how God created a comfort chain? First He allows you to endure hard times and then comforts you. He doesn’t stop there, though. He works through you so that you can comfort others in their affliction.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4(NKJV)
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 tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Have you ever wondered why God does this? One reason may be that He wants us to learn to be comforters like He is. Another reason may be to initiate a spiritual “pay it forward”: that the comfort He gives you will be passed on to someone else who needs it, and so on. Comfort is part of spiritual love. It’s spiritual compassion. That kind of love enables a person to keep moving forward spiritually regardless of what’s going on in life.
Now here’s something to spiritually meditate and focus on as well: God adds salvation to the comfort mix through Paul.
2 Corinthians 1:6 (NKJV)
6 Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
That’s a wow! Here’s a spiritual leader letting those he shepherds know that his suffering has a purpose, and that purpose is both to console the brethren and place that comfort towards their salvation. In other words, it’s not about Paul. It’s about the brethren. Your hard times are not about you but about what you can give to others who are hurting.
How, you might ask, does comfort and affliction of others affect my salvation? Every spiritual leader wants those God places in his care to endure to the end so that they can be saved. Sometimes, life can be so hard that we become discouraged and need encouragement to move forward spiritually. It is encouraging to know that others have endured hard times and moved forward.
Spiritual family, Pastor G and I hope that these verses have helped you in your time of affliction. We pray that these words are comforting and encouraging along with being very real. Christ told us to take up our cross and follow Him. He did not promise that life would be easy. He did promise that he who endures to the end will be saved. We’d truly love it if you will be there with God for all eternity. Live God’s love. Be blessed.
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