No one is immune from trouble. And thankfully, God never abandons His children, and we can know the power of His presence in the challenges we face. When we’ve walked through a hard season of life with God’s comforting grace, we can walk with others undergoing the same difficulties.The Holy Spirit is our comforter, and He chooses to work through God’s people to bring comfort to those who are hurting. We can encourage them with the love, grace, and comfort of Christ, who they see in us.
2 Corinthians 1:2-7
Scripture teaches that we’re to be joyful. Always! (1 Thess. 5:16-18) However this can be tough, at times, considering one simple fact of life—we all experience pain. When pain comes, there are several responses that are quite natural. We may mask it and pretend everything is okay. We may medicate it by appealing to fleshly desires. But these don’t offer true comfort or provide joy.
God, on the other hand, says the appropriate response to the crushing pressures of tribulation is turning to Him for comfort. We not only share in Jesus’ suffering, but we also share in His comfort. Suffering now directs our hope toward a future glory where there will be no tears and no pain. Further, God allows us to suffer that we would be equipped to comfort others.
- Right now, take the time to acknowledge your suffering. Ask God to comfort you by setting your heart on your future and eternal reality. Further, pray that God would use your experience to comfort others. This is the key to true joy.
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