God’s Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:3

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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Your Turn

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!

~Devotionals Daily

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Find also to read:

  1. The big agenda item
  2. Your struggles develop your strengths
  3. Pain and Suffering is inevitable but Misery is optional
  4. At first looking like a loss
  5. Not the circumstances in which we are placed constitutes our comfort
  6. Aligned
  7. What Jesus did: First things first
  8. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
  9. Everything that is done in the world is done by hope
  10. Change
  11. Promise of a Comforter

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  • 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.

    John 14:22-24 (in Context)  John 14 (Whole Chapter)

  • 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.
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    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.

Poetry of Peace

Lots of people are hungry of peace and do not know how to find it. First of all they are afraid to look into their self. A big problem about not finding a solution to get that peace is that most people do not understand they have to build up love in their own being.without loving oneself it will be impossible to love some one else. Most are afraid of their own self and they are very eager to find solutions outside.

We should learn not to avoid an encounter with the ‘Soul‘, our own ‘I’ and our own ‘Being’. Those who look for the Divine Being, the ‘I am’ shall also not be able to find God if they dare not to find the peace within themselves.

In the article:
  1. Hungry of Peace
  2. Leaving the tradition of his/her birthplace
  3. Abandoning the birthplace or abandoning the roots
  4. Trying to find peace outside
  5. A soul longing for home
  6. Doing anything to avoid an encounter with the Soul
  7. Encounter with the soul is painful
  8. Sorrow is similar to sandpaper – smoothening hard stone
  9. Smooth, soft, radiant life
  10. Suffering [dukkha (life is suffering)]  is actually a vitamin of peace
  11. New eyes to see the beautiful insight of soul
  12. Life inside is like ocean – we are the ocean
  13. Forget yourself, serving the other = rediscovering that “I am you”

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Find also to read:

  1. The Soul not a ghost
  2. Those who make peace should plant peace like a seed
  3. Peace Takes You

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  • Finding Peace (howanxious.wordpress.com)
    Peace is a word, often associated with silence and meditation. I guess, one can find peace anywhere… if one is meant to find it. One will find it eventually… if one is destined to find it.

    I didn’t want to venture into the political and social dimensions of this word. Hence, I chose to do it, thinking of what peace may mean for an individual on a personal level.
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    peace is when you feel at ease, / within your skin, in your own body, / peace is when, you close your eyes, / and exhale out all your worries, / peace is when, you hold your love, / against the cold, of the winter nights,

  • The Messianic Blade (poetry) (hellomynameisfriendly.wordpress.com)
    Find me a world where I may set down my head / Find me a world where there is nothing left to be said / Find me a world where only silence is / Find me my perfect world, my only wish.

    Find me the peace that is in pieces / Find me the love that no hand reaches / Find me the smile that has long since faded / Find me the happiness that has been raided

  • Identify With Your Soul by Ram Dass (peacefulselfprograms.wordpress.com)
    “Everything must change except the soul.” Ram Dass
  • Stressed Out Christian? (socyberty.com)
    It is hard for those of us who are Christians when we cannot seem to control feelings of stress. Some versions of Job 30:27 describe stress very well. My own interpretation of this verse is, “I feel all churned up inside and out of sorts. I cannot get anything done.” That describes me when I am stressed.
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    The feeling that we should be doing better than we are adds to the load.
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    Stress kills. It can make a road wreck of the human spirit. It has to be dealt with before it harms you any more than it already is.
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    So, you lost your peace? It is time to start looking for it. You won’t find it alone. You need others to help you. By sharing the load, it will start to ease the feelings inside.
  • Embracing Peace (sheryllpetgrave.wordpress.com)
    Today was quite a busy day running around preparing for our upcoming trip for the Thanksgiving holiday. As I reflected over the day I cannot help but ponder on how much everyone spends during this holiday all in the name of ‘giving thanks’. What is the purpose behind it all? Why is saying ’Thanks’ so expensive and time consuming? I smiled at the thought. No wonder the Word of God  encourages us to seek peace and pursuit it. God knew it would not be a natural part of our lives like the air we breathe.
  • Peace, War, and Death… (studio315.wordpress.com)
    I believe Peace can mainly be found in God’s creation–nature. Unfortunately, Peace can be masked by War- a manmade idea.  This is our greatest downfall, and for some reason we deter from nature’s peacefulness and begin fighting each other.  Is it really worth it? Because War leads to Death.
  • 31 Reminders from Eden: PEACE (messymiddle.com)
    I’ve worked with many a family in transition over the years and my number one prayer for them was Lord, may your spirit of peace rest on this family. May their home be infused with your peace in this time of transition. Amen and amen and amen and amen.
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    Passing the peace wasn’t a part of the tradition I grew up in, instead we “greeted our neighbor.” I dread the moment every week – I get it is personal preference here. Is it more holy or appropriate to greet or pass? No. The difference, for me, comes on a soul level. When I greet, the ‘near introvert’ in me cringes. I find random “hellos” to people I don’t know, meaningless (I find, not it is) and I can’t wait to sit down or sing or do just about anything else, even leave.

    When I pass the peace, my soul engages. On the surface it seems trite. Touch a hand and say, “The peace of God to you.” But I don’t have to know a thing about a person and they don’t to know a thing about me to know that we all can use more peace. When I am looked in the eye by a soul I don’t know and am told, “The peace of God with you.” So it is. And when it’s a soul I know and love deeply, all the more so. The peace of God with me.

  • I Was to Write About Love (backofafrica.wordpress.com)
    But before I write I have to be honest with myself / Write the truth about love / Write the truth about peace / Write the truth about patience / Write the truth about kindness / But before all that I need to be honest with myself
  • A Soul Wrapped in Vanity (thecosmicpilgrim.wordpress.com)
    Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others.  Concern yourself only with how you appear before God, concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you.  ~Miguel De Unamuno
  • Peace (portiadery.wordpress.com)
    Thunder is fast approaching but the aroma of peace is still missing.
    Women with childern pinned to their backs run here and there looking for shelter..but alas peace is faraway!
    Our hearts have become a bed for fear,despair and helplessness.