Our Daily Elder Devotional
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Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.
1 Thessalonians 5:11New International Version (NIV)
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
It is an undeniable fact that usually those who have suffered most are best able to comfort others who are passing through suffering. They know what it is to suffer, and they understand more than others what a suffering person is experiencing—physically, emotionally and spiritually. They are able to empathize as well as sympathize with the afflictions of others because of what they have experienced in their own lives.
Our sufferings may be rough and hard to bear, but they teach us lessons that in turn equip and enable us to help others. Our attitude toward suffering should not be, “Grit your teeth and bear it,” hoping it will pass as quickly as possible. Rather, our goal should be to learn all we can from what we are called upon to endure, so that we in turn can “comfort each other and edify one another.”
Peace & Love,