In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,
2 Corinthians 8:2-3//
May we, as the church, take the opportunity during this crisis to reach the lost.
For when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn —conflicts on the outside, fears within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever.
2 Corinthians 7:5-7//
I am glad that I am not the only one who has “fears within” and that God is a God who comforts.
known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
2 Corinthians 6:9-10//
Our joy is in the Lord. Help me to rejoice in the midst of sorrow.
For we live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7//
A good reminder because it is sometimes easier said than done.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9//
God enables us to prevail.
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
2 Corinthians 3:16//
Lord, I pray that You remove the veil from those around me; the ones whom I know and the ones I do not know.
in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
2 Corinthians 2:11//
Fear of the unknown is a shame of Satan. But, our hope rests in God who is all-knowing and all-powerful. He has defeated the Enemy!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4//
We are not immune from COVID-19 or the trouble it brings. BUT, we have and can experience the comfort of God, so that we can also comfort others during this time and in the future to come. Lord, grant us peace and comfort now and during the rest of our lives. We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen!
But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.
1 Corinthians 16:8-9//
Great work for the Lord can be done in places where Christians are opposed.
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them —yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
1 Corinthians 15:9-10//
When we accept God’s grace, we are saved from our past.