Unbeknownst to me God was leading me to 2 Corinthians from day one of this horrible ordeal. I’m not foolish enough to ignore the signs so that is where I have been meditating. From chapter one I was shocked by the messages Paul wrote, I that felt they were written just for me. I know the people of Corinth were not going through a rough break up, but the advice they were given has been invaluable to me.
We stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God
2 Corinthians 1:9
So many of the passages confirm what I knew in my heart. The deeper I go in 2 Corinthians, the more I connect the dots and find peace. It never ceases to amaze me how a book written so long ago continues to have such a real and true presence in the world and rings true to the problems of today.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:4
One of the most uplifting experiences that has happened over the last month, is the comfort I have found in others. Many of these people have been through similar relationship problems, and each time they share a piece of their stories with me I feel like I can face my own struggles. In my short time dealing with the pain of an end, I too have been able to help others. It is encouraging to know that I am not the only one dealing with these feelings, and I will not be the only one to make it to the other side stronger and wiser.
The Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17
It is amazing the freedom that comes when you give it all to God. For me I felt like I had no other option. I knew I was not strong enough to handle this situation on my own, no matter how many people I had to support me. If you were to look back in the sand as I go along the beach there would only be one set of footprints. I am being carried and supported, and I take comfort in in that. It is never showing weakness to accept help.
For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow.
2 Corinthians 7:10
We are only ever given what we can handle and nothing good or bad is not given to us without a reason. I have a long way to go before I know a reason for my pain and sorrow, but I do not regret it. There is a lesson to be learned from every experience as long as we take the time to look at the good, and not dwell on the bad.
I still have far to go and I know 2 Corinthians has much to teach me, but I also know that I am not alone.
Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.