Are You Passing the Comfort On?

2 Corinthians 1:3-4: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

Most of us realize that life is not easy, but we have God, the Father of compassion, on our side. He is also the God of all comfort.

The Bible doesn’t say that God comforts us in some of our troubles. It says, [God] comforts us in all our troubles.” Whether we suffer with marital problems, prodigal children, finances, health issues, lack of a job, or the loss of a loved one, God “comforts us in all our troubles.”

Because we are Christians is no guarantee we won’t have problems, or that God will take them away. The Bible says he “comforts us in our troubles.”

God’s offer is for real. We decide whether we want to accept our compassionate Father’s comfort.

Once we accept God’s comfort, we “can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” We don’t have to be speakers or writers to share that comfort. All of us have families, neighbors, and acquaintances who need God’s comfort.

When we offer comfort to those in trouble, God doesn’t tell us to fix their problems. People must want to change. No matter what we say or do, we can’t force someone to change.

A difference exists between comforting others and enabling them. A woman told me she paid a fine for the boyfriend of her daughter, so he wouldn’t go to jail. He continued to drink and expected her to bail him out again. She didn’t. The daughter broke up with him after he stole from her to buy alcohol.

That man still drinks and has served several jail sentences. He doesn’t want God’s comfort. He wants someone to fix his problems.

Dear Father of compassion, I accept your comfort. Amen.

Application: When will you comfort someone this week with the comfort you’ve received from God?

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