1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Thanksgiving Presence

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV)

The fall leaves have long ushered in the Thanksgiving season, for me. During the long drives between my parents, the plethora of colors in the trees brought a peace to my heart. I knew there would be a gathering of relatives; my favorites, and least favorites, all in one place. It would be a mixture of those people I hoped to stay around most of the day, and those I wanted to avoid.

My best Thanksgivings centered around

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2 Corinthians 5:14-15 – Through the Cross

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 ESV)

Through the cross…

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – Comfort

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV)

In countries such as Canada, we are generally blessed with abundant comforts. Most of us may have observed real need, real pain, people being hungry, not knowing when the next meal will be, being without clean water, not having adequate shelter, not having effective health care. But, I would guess that not many of us have actually experienced any of those hardships first-hand. It sometimes looks like God has given us too many comforts and has neglected other parts of the world.

Yet, with all our comforts

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