Thursday, October 15, 2009

No pain, no gain

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Giver of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we oursleves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ.

- 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Sometimes from our greatest wounds, will come our greatest usefulness to God. Pain produce ministry? Sometimes. Why can we believe Romans 8:28? How can we consider it pure joy when we face trials? (James 1:2-3)

Because everyone goes through hard times, everyone faces trouble, but once you've gone through it, once you've survived with God's help, you can help other people get through it too. You can be there for them, you can love them through it and pray for them because you know what it's like. Not only can you offer sympathy, but you can offer genuine empathy too.

Yeah, God sure works in mysterious ways, but it's no mystery that we're all in this together, so why not lend a hand, or at least a shoulder to lean on?

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