(NASB) 2 Corinthians 1:3, 5 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
5 “for just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”
Even as followers of Christ, how often do we focus on the negatives of our sufferings?
Our sufferings are real. As followers of Christ our comfort is also real, it is abundant through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Goal – to grow spiritually more and more in order to gain [in knowledge and maturity in] Christ. (Philippians 3:8)
Goal – to experience Christ’s righteousness from God.
(NASB) Philippians 3:10 “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death…”
Goal – to know Christ! To know the power of His resurrection. To know the fellowship of His sufferings. To be yielded to God’s will for me.
~ Take it to heart ~
I am to embrace God’s abundant comfort through faith in Jesus Christ, my Savior, my Redeemer.
The righteous will live by faith in the living God. (Romans 1:17)