Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ … the God of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3
Have you noticed that the best source of comfort is someone else who’s gone through something? Who has struggled with pain, sorrow, or loss? That’s one of the reasons why God offers us the gift of comfort, so that we can pass 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. (Thank goodness, because the “right” words don’t always come at the right time)
Our willingness to share the kind of comfort we have received reflects both our knowledge, trust and faith in God.
And whether we’re receiving, or offering comfort, we can ALWAYS 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 reach out to hurting people. Yes, our God is at work when He uses the comforted to comfort others!
Blessed be the Father of mercies and God of all comfort!