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    2 Corinthians 1:1-7 (New King James Version)

    1] Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia: 2] Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4] who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
    5] For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. 6] Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7] And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.

    "Better" or Bitter

    Sometimes our sinful failures bring God's hand of loving discipline. Willful sinning can harden our hearts, we may become rebellious or trapped in a sin for a time. As we respond with humble repentance to God, learn the lessons we must, and live again in obedient dependence on the Lord, we find ourselves growing and maturing spiritually. We come to experience the profit from God's chastening care and we once again enjoy the peaceable fruits of righteousness. We become better and better in our spiritual health and walk with the Lord. Unfortunately, some believers do not respond humbly to God's "spanking" them and they try to run farther from God. God's grace is hindered, bitterness grows in their hearts, and many other people become defiled.

    FOR TODAY: Ask yourself, "Am I getting better or bitter?"