[He] comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:4

God allows our afflictions but also comforts us in these afflictions so that He can use us as agents of comfort for others. It’s one thing to tell others what God can do, even when we have the Bible in hand. It’s a whole different ball game when we’ve been there ourselves and put our Bible knowledge to the test in our own experience.

God allows our troubles because He sees our opportunity coming. He knows someone else will need the benefit of our experience.

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When trouble strikes, the first place that believers should receive comfort is from the family of God. The body of Christ includes people who have been right where we are now. Who can minister to someone struggling with cancer more than someone else who has been there and has seen God comfort them as they wrestled with their disease?

When people come into the family of God running on empty, God wants them to find fuel from other believers. God’s family has grace to share because they’ve received so much of it themselves.

If you can give thanks for God, who met you in your pain, then others ought to be able to give God thanks for you. He wants to use you to help them walk through their pain.

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About The Author

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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