Friday, March 10, 2006

The God of All Comfort, Continued...

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort....- 2 Corinthians 1:3

The name, "God of all Comfort", is to me the greatest and dearest of all names ( or characteristics) attributed to our Lord Jesus Christ. "All comfort" is an incredible amount of assurance and care given to us by God. But why then are so many Christians troubled or worried? Why are so many ( in fact, a majority of Christians) apprehensive and distressed about spiritual and physical matters? Some do not feel that they are "fit" to come before God and some do not trust him as they ought... These Christians spread sorrow wherever they go, and do not, in any way, glorify God.

God commands us to be lights unto men, living epistles to unbelievers. But how can these "dismal Christians" be living epistles unto the world?

This is a section from Hannah Smith's The God of All Comfort ( a must-read for Christians):

I was once talking on the subject of religion with an intelligent agnostic, whom I very much wished to influence, and after listening to me politely for a little while, he said, "Well, madam, all I have to say is this. If you Christians want to make us agnostics inclined to look into your religion, you must try to be more comfortable in the possession of it yourselves. The Christians I meet seem to me to be the very most uncomfortable people anywhere around. they seem to carry their religion as a man carries a headache. He does not want to get rid of his head, but at the same time it is very uncomfortable to have it. And I for one do not care to have that sort of religion."

How can we promote our religion if we carry it as a headache? We can witness about God's comfort, but if we do not truly know what it is or have it in us, then how are we to be believed by the world? When witnessing, it is not just what we say, but also how we act in our daily life.

What is the comfort that God gives us? This comfort is the knowledge and trust in our Savior. This comfort is the all-encompassing, complete assurance in God's care for us. But many people read about God's comfort and think: "This is all too good to be true.." "Will God truly bestow this incredible gift to us?" "Will God truly send His comfort to me, a sinner?"

As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you... - Isaiah 66:13

What a wonderful verse... How many times when you were young ( or even now), did you go to your mother for comfort? Remember the comfort you got from being in her arms? In our mother's arms we feel completely safe... our worries seem to "melt" away as we are basked in motherly affection. Do you remember the times you disobeyed or lied, and were kindly forgiven by your mother?

But unfortunately, many Christians view God as a Judge, instead of as a Comforter. They look up to God fearfully, trembling before a stern, austere, unloving judge. Now I admit, God is the Judge of all nations... He punishes us and keeps His law, but the stern, unforgiving judge imagined by many pitiful Christians DOES NOT EXIST.

I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; - Isaiah 51:12

What do Christians have to fear, if God is comforting us? And most of all, why do some Christians stand terrified before the GOD OF ALL COMFORT? It is very foolish to do so....

This brings us back to the sheep illustration used many times in the Bible. We are the sheep... foolish... frightened... confused. We are sometimes too frightened or foolish to trust in God, and be comforted by Him.

....to comfort all that mourn....- Isaiah 61:2

God will comfort ALL that mourn... No one is too sinful to be comforted by God ( for EVERY MAN is dead in sin). God offers His comfort to, not a select few Christians, but to ALL.

Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down...-2 Corinthians 7:6

This message must be shown to all worried Christians. Yes, God has comfort for all who come to Him. And God is always here, always willing to give us His wonderful comfort. He never sleeps and never is "too busy" to help us!

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.- John 14:27

Now how can any believer, after reading this, go about with fear and terror inside of him?

Many ask, "How can I get God's comfort?" The answer is simple. You must take it.

God offers it to all of His children, but first the believer must have faith and trust in Him. Once he has the faith, he can ask God for the divine comfort...

The next time you meet a Christian who is worried and troubled, give him this message. Show him, that he belongs to a God of all comfort.

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.- 2 Thessalonians 2: 16-17

26 Comments:

  • Cool! I needed that. Neat pics too.

    By Blogger Polka Dotted Pickles, at 6:33 PM  

  • Thanks for the link, MVB!

    By Blogger Hannah-Liz, at 8:13 AM  

  • MVB,

    Great post!

    It reminds me of a quote by the late Adrian Rogers:
    "The most miserable person on earth is a Christian out of fellowship with God. ...miserable to be; miserable to be around."

    Are you using the King James Version for your bible quotes?

    Zachary

    By Blogger Wholesome Works, at 5:45 PM  

  • Yes, I use strictly the New King James translation of the Bible. :)

    By Blogger MVB, at 6:38 PM  

  • MVB,

    Do you mean the New King James Version (NKJV 1982) or the King Jmes Version (KJV 1611)? :)

    Zachary

    By Blogger Wholesome Works, at 7:38 PM  

  • Sorry, I meant the King James Version.... :)

    By Blogger MVB, at 7:49 PM  

  • how lovely. isn't it wonderful that we have such a Lord?
    thanks for posting this, MVB!

    By Blogger Unconformed, at 9:26 PM  

  • MVB,
    Great post. God is the only one who understands every crevice of the heart and mind. He comforts in every situation where we turn to Him. Thanks!
    Elizabeth

    By Blogger Elizabeth Ellen Moore, at 9:04 AM  

  • God is good all the time...

    God bless....

    http://randyfurco.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger Randy S Furco, at 3:03 PM  

  • Hi there,

    You said:

    "How can we promote our religion if we carry it as a headache?"

    You have answered you own question - Religion. Religion is the problem and add to that ravening wolves in pulpits who teach it with their non-gospel, is it any wonder there are multitudes of miserable Christians out there.

    Jesus Christ was not religious and the word religion never passed His lips. All religion is of The Devil.

    This is what they need:

    http://graceforfreedom.blogspot.com/

    and this:

    http://www.confessionofsins.blogspot.com/

    Once they know the Truth they will be free to be powerful Christians.

    y2t

    By Blogger yes2truth, at 5:21 PM  

  • Ok, I'm not quite sure what you are saying here...

    Jesus Christ was not religious and the word religion never passed His lips. All religion is of The Devil.

    I definitely disagree with you here. There are false religions... and then there is the one true religion of the Bible.

    Read James 1, which discusses true religion.

    By Blogger MVB, at 11:48 PM  

  • Hello MVB,

    You said:

    "Ok, I'm not quite sure what you are saying here..."

    Why are you not sure, for it is
    very clear?

    I said:

    "Jesus Christ was not religious and the word religion never passed His lips. All religion is of The Devil."

    I am presuming you disagree the last part of my statement as to disagree with first part means you disagree with The Truth.

    James 1, Ah yes, the ONLY Scripture that refers to true religion which in reality is not religion. Looking after widows and orphans is love, not religion.

    Living under Grace is not religion.
    Living in faith is not religion.
    Displaying the fruits of the Spirit - Love, kindness, patience etc. is not religion.

    All religion is of the Devil, that is why Our Lord told the Pharisees (who were full of religion) they were sons of the Devil.

    The Pharisees were not a first century phenomenon, they are still with us today in far greater numbers. Roman Catholicism is full of them and so is much of Anglicanism!

    y2t

    By Blogger yes2truth, at 7:31 AM  

  • Ok, now I understand what you are saying.

    This is the dictionary definition of "religion": Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe. A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader.

    We, as Christians, believe in God, a supernatural power. We KNOW from the Bible that he is governor and creator of the earth. God has given us a set of beliefs, and values for us to follow and obey. That is religion.

    Now, if you find me the verse you are talking about, I'll explain to you what it means.

    Also, he Pharisees were NOT Christians. They were unbelievers. They "showed off" their great "reverence" and "humility" to others. They did NOT have true religion. They did not believe in God as the ruler, governor, and creator of the universe. But they used their outward religious appearance to gain social status and political power.

    By Blogger MVB, at 9:26 AM  

  • You are using man's definitions to describe something he is not qualified to define. You are also avoiding THE TRUTH.

    Following Our Lord Jesus Christ is not religion. If you say it is then you are lumping HIM in with all the world's religions - a blasphemy.

    Our Lord is not one of several He is above everything and certainly above religion. All religion is of the Devil.

    The Pharisees were kings of religion and so are the Papists - it's all religion and they are all sons of the Devil too.

    Are you going to continue to defend them for in doing so you will number yourself with them.

    y2t

    By Blogger yes2truth, at 10:05 AM  

  • "If you say it is then you are lumping HIM in with all the world's religions - a blasphemy."

    I am not lumping Christianity with WORLD RELIGION.... Christianity is the ONE, TRUE religion. All others are false and of the devil. I am not lumping them into one, but I am accepting the fact the Christianity is a religion.

    Pharisees were sinners... they did not believe in the true religion of God.

    I am not defending the Pharisees... I agree they were wicked, and did not serve God. Instead, they served themselves.... a "self-religion".

    By Blogger MVB, at 10:20 AM  

  • You are still missing the point and basing your notions on ONE scripture in James, nay in the whole Bible, which is not even describing religion.

    "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

    This is a very poor translation - not uncommon in the KJV due to papist contaminations via the Latin (vulgar) Vulgate translation. This verse is describing LOVE in action not religion, in fact I have just checked this word in Vines and if accurately translated it should read 'Worship' and again true worship is not religion.

    We worship a Real God, not a dead god which all religions worship and that is the fundamental difference and that is why following Jesus Christ is not religion. It cannot be, it's impossible to associate Our Lord with darkness as He is The Light.

    The Pharisees were religious - period. They were the summation of religion, everything they did was religious. This is why the Lord spoke out against them.

    Religion is synonomous with unbelief and to associate our relationship with Jesus Christ with religion is to contaminate that relationship.

    y2t

    By Blogger yes2truth, at 11:38 AM  

  • We worship a Real God, not a dead god which all religions worship....

    Where do you get this notion? That the term- "religion"- is evil?

    Religion= what you believe in.

    We believe in God, the Living God... Therefore we, Christians, have a true religion.

    The Pharisees were religious - period

    Wrong! They were siners- vain, power hungry, conspiratory, etc... If the Pharisees followed the true religion of the Bible, they would not have been condemned by God.

    Religion is synonomous with unbelief and to associate our relationship with Jesus Christ with religion is to contaminate that relationship.

    Why? Why is religion synonomous with unbelief?

    By Blogger MVB, at 4:09 PM  

  • Ok I'll get back to where I started as you keep avoiding the issue.

    Tell me where in Scripture Our Lord commanded us to be religious.

    Tell me where He said I am going to build my religion.

    When you have done that I will be persuaded.

    y2t

    By Blogger yes2truth, at 3:14 AM  

  • Religion: Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe...

    The Bible:
    Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

    We are commanded to believe in Christ, which is religious and part of our religion.

    By Blogger MVB, at 8:56 AM  

  • Belief in Jesus Christ is not religion.

    If belief in Jesus Christ is religion then all religions would believe in Jesus Chsist and they don't because all religion belongs to the Devil.

    If you say belief in Jesus is religion then you are, by default placing Jesus Christ alongside pagan deities and I am telling you that is a blasphemy.

    Now don't come back to me with that 'true religion' nonsense because true religion doesn't exist. All religion is of the Devil.

    Thousands have died in the name of religion and there is no way Our Lord would want to be associated with murdering sons of the Devil.

    If you say following Jesus is a religion then you are insulting Him and bringing shame and disgrace on His Holy name.

    Answer me this: do you think the Crusaders were Christians?

    y2t

    By Blogger yes2truth, at 5:08 PM  

  • Furthermore,

    You said:

    "We are commanded to believe in Christ, which is religious and part of our religion."

    We are not commanded to do anything. We are called according to His will and He wills or desires us to believe and we respond.

    All commands belong to the Old Covenant or Ten Commandments.

    y2t

    By Blogger yes2truth, at 5:22 PM  

  • We are called according to His will and He wills or desires us to believe and we respond.

    Right... I'm sorry.. I phrased that poorly... God calls on us to believe on Him, which is part of a religion.

    ..all religion belongs to the Devil..

    Where do you get this notion????? Show me the verse...

    ...do you think the Crusaders were Christians?

    Only God knows....

    By Blogger MVB, at 11:18 PM  

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    By Blogger yes2truth, at 8:07 AM  

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    By Blogger yes2truth, at 4:09 AM  

  • Ok, listen... I deleted your first post because you used words that will not be seen on my blog.

    Secondly, I do not need your warning... everything I need to know I get from the Bible. If you don't like what I say, don't read it.

    ( By the way, I'm a guy)

    By Blogger MVB, at 3:51 PM  

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    By Blogger yes2truth, at 6:21 PM  

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