Paul urges us to continue in God’s grace because it’s the way we live in full dependence upon Him (Ephesians 3, 4; Acts 13:43). Every time the Lord meets our needs, guides our steps, forgives our sins, or comforts and strengthens us in our hardships, He’s lavishing us with divine favor. And it doesn’t end in this life. In the eternal ages to come, He will show us “the boundless riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7). Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, October 2, 2021.
Jesus Stands With Us
Remember, even in painful circumstances, three truths are certain: Jesus stands with us; He strengthens us for whatever task our Father wants us to accomplish; and until our final breath, He will enable us to fulfill God’s purpose. Be comforted and encouraged by these promises of the living Lord.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 16, 2020.
His Comforts Delight My Soul
Have a wonderful week!
Encourage, comfort, and strengthen.
Exhortation takes the form of encouragement, comfort, warning, or strengthening. There is an eschatological urgency to the exhortation which requires an increased activity as the coming of Christ approaches.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 10:25.
A tree planted in the courtyard of the temple symbolized the thriving conditions of those who maintain a close relationship with the Lord.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Psalm 92:13.
Not an end in itself
Comfort from God is not an end in itself. It’s purpose is that believers also might be comforters.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 2 Corinthians 1:4.
In verses 14:15-31 of John, Jesus promises believers comfort from 5 supernatural blessings that the world does not enjoy: 1) a supernatural Helper (vv. 15-17); 2) a supernatural life (vv. 18,19); 3) a supernatural union (vv. 20-25); 4) a supernatural Teacher (v. 26); and 5) a supernatural peace (vv. 27-31). The key to all of this is John 14:15 which relates that these supernatural promises are for those who love Jesus Christ, whose love is evidenced by obedience.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, summary notes for John 14:15-31.
Remember He is with you.
Have a wonderful week.