Are We Comforters or Are We Selfish

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:4 King James Version

Years ago, someone came to me and told me that her friend had died.  Instead of comforting her, I asked her to take me to the hospital because I was depressed and thinking only about myself.  I was so caught up in my own troubles, I didn’t hear the pain in her voice and I failed to comfort her.

I was very selfish that day.  Yes, I was hurting but she was also hurting.  I wonder how often we fail to recognize the pain in someone’s voice.  Not only did I hurt her that day, but I also hurt God and broke His heart because I didn’t comfort her as He comforts me.

May God forgive us for not comforting people as He comforts us. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)  How terrible it would be if we would tell Jesus we are hurting and He didn’t care.  Thank God that Jesus really cares about us.  He cares when we are hurting.  When we cry, He weeps with us and when we are happy, He rejoices with us.

Let’s start comforting people with the comfort that God comforts us.  If we want people to be there for us when we are hurting, we had better be there for them when they are hurting.  This statement is so true “You get back what you give out”.  Are you comforting people as God comforts you or are you so wrapped up in your own troubles like I was that you don’t care about other people?

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