Archive for May 2019

The God Who Groans with Us

May 22, 2019

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Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians begins in a way that is full of empathy for people like us. He refers nine times to the comfort we all need so that we can comfort and encourage one another (1:3-7). Paul goes on to describe a comfort of Christ that is given to those who suffer with Christ (1:5, 8-9). The rest of Paul’s letter shows that these words of comfort include those who join Christ in self-sacrifice without excluding those who hurt for lesser reasons. The apostle shows, as Jesus so often did, that in all of our needs, anxieties and wrongs, there’s a way to find the reassurance of a God Who groans with us and for us – even before pain and trouble open our heart to Him (Romans 8:18-39).

Mart DeHaan
Our Daily Bread
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The Need of Sin

May 20, 2019

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Love lacks a foil for its display in a perfect environment. … Above all other things there was need of sin, which would produce suffering and misery, so that there would be the need and the desire for a Savior; as well as estrangement and enmity in human hearts, so that there could be reconciliation, and humanity could be drawn closer to the heart of God than any others of His creatures. This demands an imperfect environment to produce it.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Creation and Disruption
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 48
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