"Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word." (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, ESV)
God loves us. The Most High God has looked down and considered my humble estate. He has loved me with an everlasting love. And, nothing can quench that love. His love has been demonstrated to me because of His grace. By His grace I am what I am. It has nothing to do with me or my abilities. It has everything to do with His unmerited favor bestowed upon me.
And in that truth - the fact that His grace is not dependent upon me - I find eternal comfort and good hope. This bedrock of faith enables me to withstand the storms and roller coasters of life. Because my God loves me, I can find comfort in any circumstance. As Paul says, "I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need." Because my God loves me, I am able to live a life that pleases Him. Because my God loves me, I can let my light shine so that others may see my good works and glorify my God. Soli Deo gloria.
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