II Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV) Be of good comfort…and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
This admonition and promise, at first glance, seem to be backwards. It seems as though Paul should first give the promise of God’s presence with us, followed by the admonition to therefore be comforted. But please notice how he makes his point in passage.
Paul actually says for us to be comforted and then promises subsequently – that the God of love and peace will be there with us. The clear point is that the love and peace of God will only be felt by us after we follow the admonition to “be of good comfort.” Why?
The fact is that Paul is exhorting us to be comforted. We are to allow the transcendent promises of God to consume our hearts; we are commanded to receive the marvelous truths of the gospel and hold on to them and believe them. It is only when we allow ourselves to be comforted, when we give in to the reality of goodness and joy and pleasure in all that God promises to us and purposes for us, it is only then that we can feel privilege love and peace of God being with us. It cannot be in any other order!
Point to ponder- We may often wonder why God has not sent comfort our way, why we do not feel the presence of God with us. But the truth is that God has sent countless comforts our way, in His Word, but we have not believed them, have not received them, have not allowed them to infiltrate our doubting and discouraged and deflated hearts. Have a great memorial day weekend, special honor to our troops who protect our country day in and day out!
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