In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he gives us this insight.

God does not show favoritism.

Romans 2:11 (NIV)

The King James Bible translates Romans 2:11 like so:

For there is no respect of persons with God.

Romans 2:11 (KJV)

I like to look at this verse as an If-then statement. If God helps me, then he will help other people, or If God did it for them, he could do it for me. As Christians, it’s our responsibility to live out this “if-then” life. This verse describes one of the best ways I think we can live an “if-then” life.

Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

2 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV)

Perhaps, as we consider 2 Corinthians 1:4, we might change that if-then statement to align with God’s truth. Let’s call it a “when-I can” statement since God will always comfort us in all our troubles. Thus, we can say, “when God does it for me, I can do it for other people.” The “it” here is comfort. If you’re wondering, “How can I comfort other people?” let me tell you. 

It can be disheartening when we go through trials and tribulations. However, as we go through our trials and tribulations, if we consider the “if-then” and “when-I can” statements I’ve mentioned, we ought to be comforted. For example, “if God got her through that thing, he can get me through this thing,” and “when God gets me through this thing, I can comfort others to help them get through it too.” In fact, when we’re going through something, when we stop thinking about how much pain we’re in and start thinking about how our victory through the trial can help someone else, it reveals the change in us and makes us more like Jesus, who died on the cross while considering you and me. 

Don’t think your suffering cannot lead to someone’s salvation because you don’t know who you might encounter and how your testimony can change their life. Consider these verses in Revelation.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death (emphasis added).

Revelation 12:10-11 (NIV)

We all have a testimony or two, or three, or more. If you’re saved and know Jesus in the pardon of your sins, that is a testimony! How the Lord brought you out from a life of sin and death into his marvelous light. Yet, beyond our redemptive testimonies, we also have testimonies of healing and deliverance.

Perhaps you are still going through something. I know some of you, and I pray for you daily. How you go through your heartache and pain is a testimony to your faith in Christ. I encourage you not to give up. Twice I have been told that the illnesses I had were “incurable” and nothing could be done, and twice God had healed and delivered me. God healed and delivered me from the pain and suffering of IBS and a life-long sleep disorder that had me addicted to Clonazepam.

Today I’m going to do something I have never done here at Four-Calendar Café; I’m going to ask you to leave a comment with a testimony of something God has done in your life, and in doing this, you will be comforting someone. Whenever it might be that you’re reading this post, maybe it’s today, November 16, 2022, or some other time in the future, I pray that there will be testimonies you can read that will comfort you and, in turn, you will leave yours. 

Maybe you don’t know Jesus and have never given your life to him. Well, you are here right now, and it’s not a coincidence that you are here. There is no such thing as coincidence, so please give your life to Jesus right now; he brought you here. 

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.