Daily Archives: November 2, 2018
It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
2 Corinthians 1:1-9
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the church of God in Corinth, together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise to the God of All Comfort
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 receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 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, so also you share in our comfort.
8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
Comfort Not Comfortable | DOT Group @ A2
2 Corinthians 1:4-7
Comfort in this sense is more of an encouragement and sharing in the trouble so we don’t have to suffer alone. The Holy Spirit is the ‘Great Comforter’ and we can rely on Him. It’s not about being comfortable and never having to worry about suffering, but about seeking what we need from God rather than trying to sustain ourselves when things do go wrong.
We need to praise God in the times of trial, because He is faithful even in the midst of our afflictions. We can thank Him for that and for being our comfort in hard times. Let’s take the time to find the good in our situations because with our focus on God, we’ll be able to see it better than on our own.
Father, thank You for the comfort You provide. Remind us to seek Your comfort and not the world’s idea of comfortable. Please give us that comfort now as we embark upon the busyness of the upcoming holiday season! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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