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Verses 3-4: “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 tribulations, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

A recent story on national news described the goal of a 7-year-old named Zohaib Begg in Virginia. Seems the young child grew to respect and to love nurses and doctors when he spent some years in the hospital when he was younger. So when the coronavirus pandemic hit and Zohaib saw all the needs of the medical community, he made it his goal to supply them with shower caps, gloves, and masks that he collected from hotels. The young man actually marshalled the resources of hotels and such to send more than 6,000 caps, masks, and gloves to hospitals. You can read the full story here at https://abcnews.go.com/US/year-donates-6000-masks-gloves-caps-hotels-hospital/story?id=69948357 .

Zohaib was comforted by nurses and doctors, and then later passed on that comfort and aid to other nurses and doctors. Paul here is reminding the Corinthian church that God is to be praised for being the “God of all comfort” in their lives. Part of that blessing is to pass on comfort in His Name to others in trouble. Especially during such stressful times, take a moment and see how God would want you to comfort somebody. It may not be a monumental effort like this young boy did; it may be to help one person instead. But to paraphrase what Jesus stated in Matthew 25 “if you have done unto the least of my brethren, you have done it unto me.”

Something to think about.

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Verse 14: “Let all that you do be done with love.”

We are truly living in strange times in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has altered our daily lives like few things have in many decades. But amongst all the worry and dark times, there are some signs to see and to have hope in. Let me share one with you that happened to me.

I work for a company that now has me working remotely from home. I had to contact my internet service provider to talk about a change in my hotspot allowance I had noticed (it had gone up!). With their local offices closed, I had to stay online for about 20 minutes waiting to “chat” with a technician. After I connected with a woman who answered all my questions about how my hotspot allowance had expanded (the ISP was doing this as a way of helping most folks having to work on computer from home) and that it didn’t cost me any extra on my bill, she was about to disconnect our conversation when God encouraged me to ask her quickly, “How are y’all doing right now in all this?”

She at first replied with the usual “it’s been hectic and we’re doing the best we can”. We talked a couple minutes more, and I thanked her, telling her she had been most helpful. Though they were words on a screen to me, I could tell that it really hit home in a good way for her. I could almost hear her emotions, thanking me for my patience and my calm demeanor and my encouragement. I’ve worked with customer service people before and I know that the delay wasn’t her fault; they had been swarmed since the outbreak with callers, some of them hostile. But, at this moment, I genuinely wanted to let her know that we’ll be okay, and that things will get better…we’ll make it through. Somehow, I had the feeling that Jesus had me on that conversation with this particular person at the right time. She just needed to know…that someone cared.

Paul closes 1 Corinthians with many last blessings and requests, but he reminds the church to “let all that you do be done with love.”

Today, and tomorrow, and the day after, show Jesus’s love to someone. We all need that love right now!

Something to think about.

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