Series: Perfected By Pressure
“I know how you feel.” I’ve said it to people experiencing crises and I’ve had others repeat it to me. While my intentions were honorable, I didn’t really know how they felt. Neither did they completely understand my pain.
The statement seems to naturally slip out when we don’t know what else to say. While we all experience grief differently and have unique experiences, pressure does equip us to comfort others and is one of God’s teaching tools.
Corinth was a bustling trade center with thousands of sailors and merchants visiting yearly. The city developed a reputation as one of the most immoral cities in the ancient world and hosted numerous pagan temples where idol worship and immorality were encouraged.
Christians living in Corinth faced many pressures and conflicts. Paul comforted them by telling them their trouble had purpose. He (God) comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others (II Corinthians 1:4 NLT).