Monday, April 9, 2018

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 -- On Good Words and Works and Everlasting Consolation

"Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work."
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I love the phrase "everlasting consolation."  That sounds pretty good, and permanent. :)  Maybe it shouldn't, but it often just blows me away that God even cares about our feelings.  The whole idea of God is so ... I don't know ... huge, I guess.  So beyond what we are and so he seems out of reach and out of our league, and beyond everyday concerns.  And yet, his work, as our Eternal Father, is helping and loving us.  It might be sort of like the relationship a toddler has with her father, except I'm more aware of my toddlerness. :)

One of the miraculous things about the atonement was Christ experiencing the pains and the sufferings of his people--all of us--and really knowing what it is like to go through what we do, to feel what we feel, and to really know us intimately.  And I think that is how Jesus Christ and God the Father both comfort us and give us consolation and hope... because they know us so well, and they love us anyway, wanting to help us and lift us and teach us.

Let's seek and accept God's support as we do good works and speak good words.  Let's rejoice in God's love and everlasting consolation, and spread that joy around freely. :)

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