Sharing Our Suffering

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Text: 2 Cor. 1:3-20
Summary: As children of God, we are called to love and live as family, and it is in our pain and suffering that our deepest fellowship is born.
How can I learn to suffer well?
1. I learn to suffer well when I find my comfort in Christ. V 3,4
2 Corinthians 1:3–5 (ESV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
2. I learn to suffer well when I share my comfort with others. 4-7
2 Corinthians 1:4 (ESV) who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:6–7 (ESV) If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.
3. I learn to suffer well when I learn to rely on Christ more and more. V 9
2 Corinthians 1:8–10 (ESV) For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.
4. I learn to suffer well when I learn that Jesus is Gods greatest promise. V 20
2 Corinthians 1:20 (ESV) For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

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