Wednesday, July 18, 2012
THE GOD OF COMFORT
Do you know someone who could use a little comfort right now? Maybe it is you. Are you able to comfort others when they are going through hard times? Sometimes and in some situations it is best to just be there and listen.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 says " 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 affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too."
What exactly does it mean to comfort? Webster's dictionary defines it as "to give strength and hope to and to ease the grief or trouble of." You can comfort friends or strangers. I think of the scenes after the horrific national disaster on September 11, 2001 which left visual memories in our brains we can never erase. During this time strangers comforted strangers. Our president was on the scene giving comfort. Words, prayers, and acts of kindness were in abundance. But it should not take a tragedy of this magnitude to wake us up to the needs of those around us.
Romans 12:15 says "Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep." Perhaps worry less about our own problems and check into the lives of those around you and see who needs a hug or just someone to talk too. Ask God for wisdom in how to help and what to say.
Who is it that you know who could use a word of comfort today?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus I desire to be able to reach out to a friend, family member, or stranger who needs comforted because they are emotionally or physically hurting. Help me to show your comfort to those around me. In Jesus name. Amen