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Forgiveness and Comfort

5 Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. 6 For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, 7 so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 So I beg you to reaffirm your love for…

The God who mourns

If you’ve ever seen a lightning bolt, heard thunderstorms, felt the magnitude of an earthquake, smelled the potent odor of sulfur in a natural hot spring or tasted a hurricane’s wrath, you realize how completely at God’s mercy we are. But that doesn’t even scratch the surface. There is the turbulence of the Great Red…

God’s loving, tender comfort

“Comfort, comfort my people,    says your God.2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,    and proclaim to herthat her hard service has been completed,    that her sin has been paid for” — Isaiah 40 “Shout for joy, you heavens;    rejoice, you earth;    burst into song, you mountains!For the Lord comforts his people    and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. 14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,    the Lord has forgotten me.” 15 “Can a mother forget the…

The Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your…

God’s metaphor of a mother’s comfort

10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,     all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy,     all you who mourn over her; 11 that you may nurse and be satisfied     from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight     from her glorious abundance.”[a] 12 For thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will extend peace…

Noah: comfort

28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 29 He named him Noah (fn) and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed.” – Genesis 5 NIV Footnote (5:29) Noah sounds like the Hebrew for comfort.   I am looking for…