Author: Jeanne Kun, a member of the Bethany Association, an association of women living single for the Lord in the Sword of the Spirit.
Passing On Gods Comfort
Paul writes to the Corinthians: 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. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Father of Mercies! God of All Comfort! What beautiful titles Paul gives to the Lord in this passage from his Second Letter to the Corinthians. Our heavenly Father is never distant from us in our times of distress and affliction. Hes eager to comfort us with an abiding sense of peace and consolation in the midst of trouble and turmoil. But not only does God himself console us, Paul points us in a new direction: the consolation that we receive from God is not to end with usits meant to be passed on.
Tapping into the grace and comfort of God, we can extend solace and reassurance to others in their pain and affliction. Our own experiences of weathering difficulties and the storms of life can become sources of blessing to others because we are united to one another in Christs body. We can engender and enkindle compassion and hope in those who suffer, allowing God to bless others through us.
Today, let this be your prayer: Lord, I pray that the compassion and comfort Ive known from you may overflow in my compassion for others. Use me as a channel of your mercy and comfort to those in need.
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