But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus.
2 Corinthians 7:6
Discouragement is a part of life. All of us face times when we’re tired, discouraged, or even depressed.
Some people think that once you become a Christian, you should never feel discouraged or face depression. Many Christians feel guilty when they struggle with discouragement. They think they should be able to live on a spiritual mountaintop every day of their life.
The truth is, no matter who you are, there are times when you will face discouragement.
The Apostle Paul Faced Discouragement
Even the Apostle Paul faced times of discouragement. Although God greatly used the Apostle Paul and he wrote much of the New Testament, he still had to deal with discouragement.
In the verses before this promise, the Apostle Paul describes how hard his ministry had been. He was tired and had little rest. He had been opposed, faced conflict on the outside, and fear on the inside.
God Brought Comfort
Even though Paul couldn’t see it, God was working to bring an encourager into his life. God brought his friend Titus along to encourage and strengthen him.
God never intended you to the Christian life alone. If you let Him, God will bring others into your life to encourage and strengthen you.
God brought Titus to strengthen Paul, and God will bring someone into your life to encourage, strengthen, and comfort you. God worked in Paul’s life, and He is working in your life today.
God Encourages You
In your times of deepest discouragement, God never forgets you. He doesn’t chastise you, and He isn’t disappointed in you. God knows your weaknesses more than you do. He works behind the scenes to bring others into your life to comfort and encourage you.
Look at that promise again.
But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus.– 2 Corinthians 7:6
Make these confessions.
Everyone faces times of discouragement and stress.
I should never feel guilty about being discouraged.
Though I may not see it, God is working to bring comfort and encouragement to me.
My Titus is just around the corner.
In Jesus Name,
When you get discouraged or depressed, remember God is working on your behalf. You may not see it yet, but God may have a Titus just around the corner to encourage and comfort you.
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