Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Praise to God!

213. sharing hope with a discouraged soul
All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel!
He comes alongside us when we go through hard times,
and before you know it,
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.
We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah,
but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—
we get a full measure of that, too.
When we suffer for Jesus,
it works out for your healing and salvation.
If we are treated well,
given a helping hand and encouraging word,
that also works to your benefit,
spurring you on, face forward,
Your hard times are also our hard times.
When we see that you're just as willing to endure the hard times
as to enjoy the good times,
we know you're going to make it,
no doubt about it.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7

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