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“The God of Consolation”

Romans 15:5

 

As he is “the God of patience,” the Lord our God is “the God of consolation!” All true, real, solid comfort comes from him. Our Lord Jesus Christ, his dear Son, is “the consolation of Israel.” He is our Comfort.

      God the Holy Spirit is “the Comforter” sent down from heaven to comfort chosen, redeemed sinners. He comforts by the gospel in his gracious work of saving conviction (John16:7-11). He comforts believing sinners by the doctrines and promises of his Word, giving strong consolation to the heirs of promise, by the ordinances of divine worship which are the breasts of consolation to his children. And he comforts his people by faithful gospel preachers, the church’s “Barnabases,” her sons of consolation (Acts 4:36)

      O Spirit of God, grand us “to be like minded one toward another. Paul’s prayer here is that “the God of patience and consolationmight make us patient, longsuffering, and forgiving, and a source of comfort to one another, according to his own example in Christ (Ephesians 4:30 - 5:2).

      When I have forgiven every wrong against me, have borne every hard word or thought, and have overlooked every weakness and comforted every fallen friend, I still have not endured one atom of what Christ bore for me and from me (Matthew 18:21-22).

      This is how we “may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:6). God is glorified when, believing on his dear Son, we are united in his Son and seek to be of help and comfort to one another by our patience and forbearance with one another, and by our forgiveness of one another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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