Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Suffering: An Opportunity for Praise?

Suffering will come.

"...the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives."
2 Corinthians 1: 5 niv

Comfort will come.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles..."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 niv

Our suffering helps 
us comfort others.

"...He brings us alongside someone else who is going 
through hard times so that we can be there for that person 
just as God was there for us."
2 Corinthians 1:4 msg

Suffering—the best thing?

"It was so bad we didn't think we were going to make it.
We felt like we'd been sent to death row, that it was all 
over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that 
could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength
or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally —
not a bad idea since He's the God who raises the dead!
2 Corinthians 1:8-9 msg

Suffering brings rescue.

"And He did it, rescued us from certain doom.
And He'll do it again, rescuing us as 
many times as we need rescuing."
2 Corinthians 1:10 msg


Suffering opens up prayer.

"You and your prayers are part of the rescue operation."
2 Corinthians 1:11 msg

Suffering leads to praise...

"I can see your faces even now, lifted in praise for 
God's deliverance of us, a resuce in which 
your prayers played such a crucial part.'
2 Corinthians 1:11 msg

when we stay focused on Him.

"Now that the worst is over, we're pleased we can report
that we've come out of this with conscience and faith intact,
and can face the world — and even more importantly,
face you with our heads held high.
But it wasn't any fancy footwork on our part.
It was God who kept us focused on Him, uncompromised. 
2 Corinthians 1:12 msg

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