devotional post # 2146
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
2 Cor 1:3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of acts of compassion and God of every encouragement,
2 Cor 1:4 who encourages us in everything that we suffer, so that we are able to encourage those who are suffering anything, with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.
2 Cor 1:5 Because just as the misfortunes of Christ overflow in abundance to us, even so through Christ our encouragement also overflows in abundance.
Paul and his team have suffered a great deal because of their relationship with Christ. God stayed close to them, and encouraged them through all that suffering. That is why the team can now serve to encourage others as they face hard times. The encouragement they received from God can now be used to hold others up who are facing hard times.
LORD, we praise you in the hard times, because you help us through them, and strengthen us so that we can pass on the encouragement to others.