Have you endured much trial and suffering in your LIFE? Have you been through much much hardship? Please know that I have." And because I have," I am so grateful for the finished work of The Cross of CHRIST, that took away my sins; so that I could obtain the promise of an Eternally better LIFE." For this LIFE, that we currently live, is a broken one." It's a consequence of Adam's disobedience, and his fall, back in the garden of Eden. Where Adam disobeyed The WORD of GOD, and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil."
Surely, we can all acknowledge the brokenness of our lives, because of Adam's disobedience?" Yes?
And after acknowledging that brokenness in each of our lives; "can we see GOD'S masterpiece, in revealing to us the finished work of The Cross of CHRIST? Can you see it?" 👀
Well, in like manner "GOD is out to make a "masterpiece" out of our broken lives?" Surely, you don't think that HE would leave us this way?" Because GOD, is a GOOD GOD; "I know that HE won't." I thought about that after a cup that I held, had slipped from my hand, and shattered into large pieces." After I glued the cup back together, I put it on display, that others might notice the "beautifully broken cup."
Like that restored, and pieced back-together pottery. GOD is The Potter, and we are the clay.
We are each broken; but GOD is not going to leave us that way!"
A great number of Believers have scars that prove that they still stand strong after the difficult times that GOD has brought us through." Yes, FAITHFULLY and LOVINGLY, HE has brought us through." So I know about a cup of comfort that I like to share with others.
That cup of comfort, Beloved, is sharing how The WORD of The LIVING GOD, "became flesh," and came to live among us, sinners. HE lived a perfectly sinless LIFE, and then, "willingly laid down HIS LIFE, to take away the sin of the world. 🌎
John 3:16 reveals it like this: For GOD so LOVED the world, that HE gave HIS only begotten Son, that whoever Believes in HIM should not perish but have Everlasting LIFE.
[And because we Believe, Philippians 1:6 tells us, that GOD has begun a good work in our hearts, and that HE will complete it until the Day of JESUS CHRIST.
[GOD is working in and through our lives, so that we can help others, during their times of trial and suffering." How do I know?" Well, because through 2nd Corrinthians 1:3-6 GOD gives us HIS WORD, saying: Blessed be The GOD and FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, The FATHER of MERCIES and GOD of all COMFORT, Who comforts us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by GOD.
For as the sufferings of CHRIST abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through CHRIST.
["The WORD of The LIVING GOD"]
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. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partaker of the consolation.
The apostle Paul, praises GOD because HE is The “FATHER of all COMFORT, COMPASSION, and The GOD of all, who embrace HIS WORD through FAITH, and OBEDIENCE." Beloved, The LORD uses our trials and sufferings to make us more like HIS '"Son."
So know this, Beloved;
"Comfort, in our times of trouble, equips us to encourage others, as we ourselves are encouraged and comforted by GOD.
Thus, we are always willing to share what HE did for us on The Cross, during our time of greatest need." Greatest need?" Yes, for we each greatly needed A SAVIOR, Who would SAVE us, from our sins."
So as we reflect, on our LORD'S suffering, on our behalf. Be inspired to "PERSEVERE," Beloved, in the midst of our pain, suffering, and tribulation. Trusting that GOD uses our experiences to strengthen us, so that we can encourage and strengthen others. For we each need "ENDURANCE."
Like Paul, we can be comforted in knowing that The LORD "REDEEMS" our Trials, and uses them for HIS" Praise, "GLORY, and Worship." Like Paul, let us share in HIS cup of suffering and comfort; For times of refreshing are sure to come, and give us "HOPE" to comfort us, in our hurting."
For each of us, are called to become like CHRIST." For we are sons of GOD." And for this, I say";
LORD, Thank YOU," for REDEEMING, us, YOUR" BODY, to provide COMFORT, ENCOURAGEMENT, and HOPE," to a lost and suffering world." I praise YOU, LORD, for all YOU'VE done, and are going to do."
For we've been brought out of darkness, to eternally follow, and serve YOU."
Yes, for what YOU will continue to do!"
Thank YOU, LORD!"