2 Corinthians 1:1-2:13, Psalm 69
Don’t waste your pain. These directions from a counselor of mine suggests there is something from all of our sufferings, whether they are self-inflicted or results of living in a twisted world, that can be gained. In all of our hardships, the God of comfort desires to be our refuge. When we find God as our rock and redeemer, the comfort our Lord brings is a comfort we can then pass along to other sufferers. In fact, as believers we are to willingly share in the sufferings of Christ and in this way enjoy the comforts of Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:5). Sharing Jesus’ suffering doesn’t necessarily mean we are crucified or treated with grave injustice, but it does mean we will use our power sacrificially to help others. Such sacrifice often is met with disappointment, frustration, backstabbing, and even harm. So when we experience difficulties like this, we are always learning how to deal with the inevitable struggles that attend “life under the sun”. Due this, we are able to become what one has called “wounded healers”. As we read this second letter from Paul to the church in Corinth, we recognize that Paul has a great interest in helping these Corinthians see the benefit their sufferings can offer to a hurting world. May we then comfort with the comfort we have received from God.