Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Comfort



"What used to make us stumble,
God can use to make us stand. What once

made us bow our heads in shame,
He can use for His glory."

~ Joanna Weaver~
Having a Mary Spirit

2 Cor. 1:3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.
When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
5 For the more we suffer for Christ,
the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.

This is the verse that came to mind when I read the quote. God is my comfort, so that when I do fall as a result of my sin or the troubles of this world, I know where to turn. He disciplines me and teaches me through His Word. I truly believe that my greatest ministry has been a result of directing others to the true hope and comforter.

Our faith does not make us perfect, we still stumble like unbelievers. I think that my failures also make me real to those around me - and how I respond is the difference. Do I get angry and blame others? Or do I turn the mirror on myself and apologize for my words and actions? Our response to the trouble is often a greater indicator of our faith then being able to avoid the trouble to begin with (even though this is the preferred path). A great example is Heather at Especially Heather. Her witness of Christ has been so powerful as a result of her pain - she has chosen to worship Christ regardless.

I pray that I may use my weakness as a way to introduce the hope and glory of Christ to others.
Amen.

6 comments:

MiPa said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing!

Denise said...

Really nice post, bless you.

Loni said...

Funny - I thought of Heather too as I was writing this - maybe because too I thought of her as I have been reading the book. Thank you for sharing.

Blessings ~ Loni

Rachelle said...

You are so right, that our failures make us real to those around us. Our testimony becomes all the more powerful for the simple fact that we're human. Thanks for your post!

Tara Sloan said...

Preach!

Hopeful Spirit said...

Lovely. Thanks for that uplifting message.