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This is the second letter to the church at Corinth. The first one called the people there into account for some very wrong actions. Unfortunately, they continued in those sins – so Paul is writing again – this time a little more strongly. Corinth, as you may know, was located in Greece.
This was a church founded by Paul in about 50AD. It’s now a troubled church that Paul is concerned about. His love is expressed in his words.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 is a passage that encourages me so much! Verse 3 reminds me that God loves me and shows me mercy (not giving me what I truly deserve for my sin). He is the source of my comfort whenever I struggle or have a need. Verse 4 tells me why – so I can turn around and encourage others through the comfort I receive from Him. How have you done that recently? Who has God placed in your life that needs comfort?
One of the best ways to do this is through praying for others (v.11). Who has been on your heart? Will you stop and pray for them right now – then send them a text or email and encourage them by telling them that you prayed for them.
Will you take a moment today and post a comment – share a story of how it went when you reached out to someone in need or how it felt when someone else did this for you.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor