Have you noticed that the best source of comfort is someone who has struggled with pain, sorrow, or loss? That is one reason why God offers His followers the gift of comfort, so that we can, in turn, give it to others. Yes, God sometimes allows tragedy to enter our lives, but He never intends for us to go through difficult times alone.
Once we have — by God’s grace — gone through a dark time, God calls us to offer comfort to the hurting people He puts in our path. Often that comfort is our mere presence, not “right” words.
Our willingness to share the kind of comfort we have received reflects both our knowledge of our good God and our faith in Him.
And whether we are receiving or offering comfort, we can rely on the greatest Comforter of all, the Holy Spirit. Given to us by God, the Spirit is continually with us, willing to guide and empower us as we come alongside hurting people. Yes, our Redeemer-God is at work when He uses the comforted to comfort others!
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 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. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. 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. 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. — 2 Corinthians 1:3–7
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What is your story of having found help and comfort from God during difficulty, loss of a job, relationship conflicts, or the death of a family member or other trials? Have you shared how you got through it, what helped you, what you learned, and how you grew with someone in the middle of the same or similar circumstances?
Come join the conversation on our blog or go to the original posting on Devotionals Daily! They and we woul love to hear how you were comforted by the Most High and how you’re using your experience to comfort others!
Find also to read:
- The big agenda item
- Your struggles develop your strengths
- Pain and Suffering is inevitable but Misery is optional
- At first looking like a loss
- Not the circumstances in which we are placed constitutes our comfort
- What Jesus did: First things first
- The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
- Everything that is done in the world is done by hope
- Promise of a Comforter
- the God of All comfort (wherelivingbegins.wordpress.com) > original posting: the God of All comfort
What if I told you that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the God of All comfort and comforts us in All our afflictions?
- My Comfort Food (brokenbelievers.com)
God feeds us comfort food. A true easiness and calm, imparted by Grace to our hearts. The Holy Spirit has a title on His desk– “The Comforter.” Why is He called that? Because that is what He specializes in and masters. He is our dear sufficiency and satisfaction, freely set on our tables.
- 2 Corinthians 1-4 (erlangerbaptist.wordpress.com)
Do you see it…we can comfort anyone who is struggling with anything, not because we have gone through it but because we have been comforted. What does that mean? It’s not about what we say…it’s about what he is capable of doing and has done in us! God brings people across our path each day wanting to use us in a comforting way – let Him!!!
- Our Father (citizenheaven.wordpress.com)
Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.
- Several Christians do mistake the meaning of the God who we do have to praise as our Supreme Redeemer. In Lord, Bring Us Comfort (revcalebadams.wordpress.com) we can see how the writer intermixes two different figures; On the one hand he talks about the Spirit God, who is the Creator of heaven and earth. Next he makes the only begotten son of God, Jesus the heavenly Comforter. We must always remember that it is God who took care that Jesus was born and that after Jesus had proven that he was faithful to god, whose Will he wanted to do, Jehovah, the God of all made him higher than angels (Jesus was lower than them at first and God is and shall be for ever the Most High Almighty). It is the God of Christ Jesus Who should also be our God and Father. This God of the son we call ‘Christos’, He Himself and our lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) should be our guide to our steps.
- Mission Possible: A Marriage with A Purpose (braydenemerick.wordpress.com)
God cares about your hurts, fears, and the hell you are walking through. He wants to walk through it with you. He said for us to cast our cares upon Him for He cares (Psalm 55:22). But there are reasons for our hurts and trials. James 1: 2- 4 states, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
- Compassion (sandystrachan.wordpress.com)
In Jesus is the very essence of compassion and relational care. Christ challenges Christians to forsake their own desires and to act compassionately towards others, particularly those in need or distress.
True Christian compassion, say the Gospels , should extend to all, even to the extent of loving one’s enemies.
- Self-praise vs God’s praise
In the manifestation of our gifts, we have the words of Paul that it is God who works in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). We need to be careful to do what is right but not because we want the praise of men or have points on which to praise ourselves.
- Faith Child – Gaining victory (ptl2010.com)
- 7 benefits of praising God (treasure155site.wordpress.com)
- Hanging Out (shaeheroine.wordpress.com)
- Praise Looks Good on You (girlfriendscoffeehour.com)
- Compassion (sandystrachan.wordpress.com)
- Jesus’ answer was godly and patriotic. (glcdailydevotion.wordpress.com)
- 5 Reminders For Christians that Need to Make Big Ministry Decisions (calltoprayerministriesblog.org)
- The Jerusalem Council and Gentile Believers (Acts 15) (sundayschoolbiblestudy.wordpress.com)
- (3) Jesus the Teacher (altruistico.wordpress.com)