But God, who encourages the downhearted, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. — 2 Cor 7:6 NET
However much we experience of the love of Christ, we all need human love.
Paul lived very close to his Master. No man ever had more of Christ. Yet Paul’s epistles show continually a longing for human sympathy, and a need for the human touch in their lives. He is telling here of the weight that was upon him in Macedonia. “Our flesh had no relief, but we were afflicted on every side.”
Then he tells of a great blessing, which God sent. “Nevertheless He that comforteth the lowly, even God, comforted us by the coming of Titus.” Titus was a dear friend, and his coming gave the apostles new courage.
We are all alike – we need human sympathy and love. This suggests to us one way in which we can help others. All about us are continually those who are disheartened, whom we can cheer and strengthen by encouraging words.
No ministry we can choose in this world will mean more to others than a ministry of encouragement.
Mornings With God - July 31
Public domain content taken from Morning Thoughts by J.R. Miller.