God’s great love for us is discerned in all facets of our lives. God looks at us with great hope, love and a tremendous amount of compassion. The apostle Paul experienced all types of battles, yet he found that in all of his life he could be content because God gave him strength (Philippians 4:11-13). To Paul, spiritual blessings were far greater than anything he could have possessed on earth! He learned to praise God for all blessings including the practical lessons that are appropriate words of wisdom for Christians today.
He gave His Son for our salvation. John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Jesus Christ willingly gave His life for us. He also said in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” God comforts others (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Anyone who has suffered can undoubtedly become a comforter in the service of the Lord.
How are we blessed by God’s love? Is God’s love also comforting? One thing we can remember is that He will never leave us! Through the scriptures we learn that nothing is so bad that He will abandon us. What an awesome God we serve! We have a God who never fails. We may forget the evidence of God’s comforting words in our lives in the past. During trials and tribulations, we may lose confidence in His ability to be faithful in the future. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. In Hebrews 13:5 He tells us again that He will not leave or forsake us. That is a promise we can count on always.
According to 2 Corinthians 1:4, we read that He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can continue to spiritually support others. We should always go to God for encouragement. Psalm 46 reminds us that God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Paul tells us again in Romans 8 that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Being convinced that even death, nor life, neither angels nor demons or any powers in our creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Even when we mess up, God will help us and He comforts us when needed. In 2 Corinthians, Paul desired that the early Christians be informed, might not rely on themselves, but on God.
It is comforting to know that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us. Verses 8-9 in chapter 4 tell us that we may be hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed! God tells us many things in His word, be He still requires us to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). That means receiving guidance from His word, from the Holy Spirit and encouragement from godly friends.
We continue to praise God for being a comforter over lives. By His nature God is good, merciful and true to His word with an unconditional guarantee. It is comforting to know that we are not expected to understand God’s ways and thoughts (Isaiah 55), but to trust Him in all situations.
Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.