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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, August 2, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Many think that when God comforts us, our troubles should go away. But if that were always so, people would turn to God only out of a desire to be relieved of pain and not out of love for him. We must understand that being “comforted” can also mean receiving strength, encouragement, and hope to deal with our troubles. The more we suffer, the more comfort God gives us. If you are feeling overwhelmed, allow God to comfort you. Remember that every trial you endure will help you comfort other people who are suffering similar troubles. (NLT)
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 – All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. You can be sure that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. So when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your benefit and salvation! For when God comforts us, it is so that we, in turn, can be an encouragement to you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in suffering, you will also share God’s comfort.
[God] consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. — 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NRSV)
John Bagdanov (California) titled his story “TRIALS WITH PURPOSE;” here is a portion of John’s story:
“My mother was hospitalized with a blood clot in her lungs. I remember her laboring to breathe and wondering if each breath would be her last. She was lucky to be alive as this condition is usually fatal. . . She continued to improve and eventually was released from the hospital. I was grateful to God for helping her recover and for helping me cope with the fear of losing her.
“Two months later, I went to the home of Barbara, an elderly woman whom I often took to church on Sundays. When she answered the door she was pale and having difficulty breathing. I recognized in her my mother’s symptoms. Barbara tried to send me on my way, but I insisted that we call the paramedics. They rushed her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a blood clot in her lung. . .
“I am thankful that the difficult experience of watching my mother’s health crisis enabled me to help Barbara. In spite of the trials we sometimes endure, we can trust that God is working to bring good from every situation.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God is working for good in every situation.
Prayer: Dear God, help us use our past pains to help others through their trials. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE I CAN HELP TODAY
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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