Isn’t it wonderful how many ways God shows His love for us. One of the many, and one of the most nurturing qualities of God’s love for us, is in His comfort towards us.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
“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.” (NKJV)
These verses have helped me when my own words have failed me. It is so hard to comfort someone, especially when you put yourself in their shoes and you think how devastated you would be in the same circumstances. Words do not seem enough. But God’s words are perfect. When I have been paralyzed by the gravity of a situation, reading these words brings me such peace.
I know that these words are a comfort to those who have lost loved ones, who are sick or have to make a difficult decision. Repeating these words to dear friends, I know that these words are not empty. It is a promise, God promises to comfort us through all our tribulation and He is faithful to His promises.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
God knows that we will suffer in this life, not one of us goes through this life without needing His comfort. When we choose to follow Him, we go against the World and their opinions and lifestyles, we go against our own flesh and what we want sometimes. But, in our struggles God says come to me and be comforted. It makes me feel so loved to be comforted! Feeling the loving arms of our Lord Jesus wrapped around us, as if He is telling us, “I know, I grieve too and I love you.”
It is a wonderful ministry to be a comforter. As we share in the sufferings of Christ, we also share in His consolation. I do not know what I would do without my brothers and sisters in Christ. In suffering it can be lonely, but through Jesus we are comforted by His people too.
We can comfort people by cooking a home cooked meal. It is wonderful to have someone cook for you when you’re not able to make it yourself. My church taught me this when we brought our babies home. They showed such a servant’s heart by supplying us more than a week’s worth of meals.
Listening to someone is a great comfort. I am blessed with sisters in Christ who listen to my problems both big and small.
We are not alone in our sufferings. Let’s look to Christ today and be comforted.