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Trials Teach True Tenderness

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2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

“In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.” ~Psalm 77:2

God shows mercy to us by not leaving us to suffer alone, and not letting us suffer the full consequences of our sinfulness. Instead, in the midst of our troubles, He comforts us.

God comforts us, but He doesn’t remove our troubles. Because, it is in tribulation that we can best appreciate the tender love that God has for us. Without troubles, we easily wander away from God and slip into the illusion of self-sufficiency. But the difficulties of life sharpen our focus on God and heighten our sensitivity to His loving touch.

Furthermore, it is God’s plan that, our experience of His love, during our sufferings, transforms us into channels through which that love flows to others in need.

In other words, the grand design of tribulation is to draw us closer both to God and to our brethren. No matter how desperate our trials become, God loves us and plans to use us to love others.

 

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