The God of All Encouragement
2 Corinthians 1:10
Do you ever get discouraged? Don't answer that question because I know the answer before you even answer. Of course you do, because you are human. And I want to tell you what to do with discouragement today. Actually I want to talk to you on the subject of encouragement and the god of all encouragement is going to be the title of our message. 2 Corinthians chapter one and I'm going to read the first 10 verses. And in those first 10 verses you will see the word encouragement used 10 times.
In the King James Version of the Bible you'll not even see the word encouragement, but it is there. It is translated several times ''comfort.'' And it is translated several times ''consolation.'' But I want you to know that the comfort, the word comfort as it is used here, and the word consolation which is the same word just translated differently by the King James translator is the word, I suppose that the most common application could be and should be encouragement. Alright, 2 Corinthians chapter one, ''Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God and Timothy our brother unto the church of God at Corinth with all the saints which are in Achia. Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort that is encouragement, who comforts us in all our tribulation that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted of God.'' Already he's used the word five times. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation (it's the same word here) our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. For whether we be afflicted it is for your consolation and salvation which is It effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer, or whether we be comforted (there's our word again) it is for your consolation and ...
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