Comfort and Afflictions
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who re in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
God is the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction.
For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. – 2 Corinthians 1:5
But the interesting thing is, if we don't experience any afflictions or sufferings, there's no need for us to be comforted. That is why comfort and affliction go hand-in-hand.
For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. – 2 Corinthians 1:8-9
The purpose of affliction in our lives is to cause us to turn to God. For if we could do everything on our own, why would we need God? But the truth is, we cannot do everything on our own, because if we could, we would be God. But we are not.
The world might tell us things like "only pick fights that you can win" or "only do things you're capable of". But God tells us to be faithful to him, obey him, even if it means doing things that seem impossible, because God will fully support us to fulfill his will for us.
Furthermore, we can't pick and choose what we want to experience as a Christian. We cannot only accept the good things (comfort) and reject the bad (affliction). It's either the whole package or nothing.
Be Decisive and Don't Waver
Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say "Yes, yes" and "No, no" at the same time? As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it was always Yes. – 2 Corinthians 1:17-19
Just like how suffering and affliction are two sides of the same coin, we are also called to be decisive with our faith and our actions.
Regarding our faith, we are either a yes or a no. There's no in-between. If we are lukewarm, God will treat that the same as if we were against him. We are either for him or against him. No middle-ground.
When it comes to our actions, it is not okay to make decisions based on the flesh in a whimsical manner. We are called to be steadfast without compromise.
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