We’ve all had those days. The days when our best laid plans fall apart. The times when nothing seems to go as we thought it would or should. The weeks when life seems most chaotic, despite a perfectly thought out plan. Do you know what I’m referring to? Well, whether or not you’ve had days, weeks, or seasons like that, Paul experienced a situation when nothing seemed to go according to plan, and it caused deep hurt and disquiet among the Corinthians. Let’s take a look at what that situation was and how Paul handled it.
What is the purpose of affliction and trials? Why does our all-loving God allow them into our lives? We know that He is a God of mercy and comfort, so why does He let us experience suffering in the first place?
We all enjoy experiencing God’s comfort. As we learned last time, God is a God of abundant mercy and comfort, and He delights in comforting us when we are afflicted or under pressure. This is a beautiful and precious promise that should encourage and lift our hearts. But we can’t stop at verse four! The topic of God’s comfort continues on in II Corinthians, and today we’re going to look at the often overlooked part to this truth. So let’s jump right in now.
After his opening remark and salutations, Paul begins his letter with a short doxology and message on comfort. This was the first thing on his mind and most likely the most important word Paul had for the Corinthians, since out of all the things that he wanted to tell the Corinthians, he chose to start with this message of encouragement. So let’s take a look at what the Apostle Paul was so passionate and eager to tell the first-century Christians in Corinth—and ultimately us.
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