For the Sake of Others!
4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)
The Apostle Paul begins this letter to the church at Corinth by stating a phrase that sets the temperature for the Believer in the next idea.
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3
First, Paul gives all praise to God. He spends some time praising and worshiping Him; showing God honor for Who He is.
Then, Paul makes a statement which becomes the overarching attitude of God, one of His characteristics and His acts of service toward humanity.
He is “merciful”
He is “comfort”
Paul is stating this first because he wants the reader to understand God’s pattern and if we understand God’s way, we can adjust our lives to pattern it after God.
If He is merciful and if He comforts us in our trouble, then, “we can comfort others.”
I believe that is what God intends for His people to focus on; helping each other.
What would it look like if the Church would truly follow through and make sure everyone was comforted in their time of need.
I believe we see this many times through individuals, but how many other times do we neglect the chance to comfort someone because we are too busy?
I don’t believe that Christians’ intentions are to neglect people on purpose; it is that our lives get so consumed with our everyday agendas that we don’t have the time to put toward others.
God created each one of us to be a certain functioning member that has a particular role in helping others.
The Apostle Paul states in 1 Corinthians 12:
12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.
18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.
26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
Paul is saying, each part of the body has been placed in his/her position to honor and comfort each other!
Our lives are truly designed and positioned “For the Sake of Others.”
Let’s focus on others and fulfill God’s desire and plan!
"Lord, put people in our path daily who we can comfort. May we never just say we will, but that we follow through with honoring and comforting others.
Lord, we do get caught up in our daily schedules and we do stay busy. Jesus, helps us become unbusy and focus on Your will for our lives.
We love You and want to do what is pleasing to You. People are important to You, so they are important to us. We thank You for having mercy and compassion on us.
In Jesus name, Amen. "