3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 CSB)

What you talking about Chap, Life verse? I am so glad that you asked. A life verse can be many things to different people. It can be that one verse that gets you through the day. It can be that verse that gets you through a hard/difficult time. It can be that one verse that reminds you that you are a child of God and even though life looks and feels hopeless, there is hope and there is love, and that there is comfort to be found. I guess you could say that it is the verse that has stuck with you and gave you hope. This verse can look down into the deepest dirtiest parts of your soul, into the very being that makes you , you, and brightens the darkest of times. This verse will most likely be your driving force to keep you on the straight and narrow path.

Now do not get your “Life Verse” confused with your favorite verses. I have many verses that I could call my favorite, but, the verse above is the one I would call my Life Verse. OK Chap, could you explain why? Yes, I know it is two verses, but that’s OK, they fit together so well and each gives the other verse a little more meaning or definition. Just to give these verses a quick read we can pick out that God gives us comfort so that we can comfort others. Being a First Responder, that seems pretty important. Part of our job is patient care and that does not always include trauma, strokes, and heart attacks (which we also provide comfort in these situations) but sometimes the patient is lonely, depressed, suicidal, or just wants to talk.

 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17 CSB)

Now let me ask you a question. When you get that good and perfect gift do you keep it to yourself or do you let others know that you got it? Yeah, me too. When I get something to good to keep to myself I also share it.  By share it I mean let others know that I have it. As thos verse from James tells us, EVERY PERFECT GIFT COMES FROM ABOVE. Eternal life is the greatest gift you could ever possible receive while on this Earth. Once you receive Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior you also receive this gift of eternal life (“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.”) (‭‭John‬ ‭6:47‬ ‭ESV) We also see this verse in 1 John, ““And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”‭‭ (1 John‬ ‭5:11 ESV)

So see the similarities to God’s comfort for us to share and the gift God gave us through His Son, Jesus. God has given us this gift to share to everyone we can. Most of my work is on Social Media but we have to adapt to the changing times. Never the less, the Gospel is being shared, not for my benefit but yours. We should all find comfort in the fact that Christ died, for us, that we may live (eternally).

Your challenge for the week, share your experiences with someone. Your past experience may comfort someone else by being a living testimony that they can survive (intact).

Leave your “Life Verse” in the comment section below. I’m curious to see them. I will also place some examples of possible life verses in a second blog in case you are new to the Bible, but you are highly encouraged to search for the Scripture that speak to you on a personal level.

As usual if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact me.

God Bless,

Chaplain Howie

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