Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 (NIV)
Focus: 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 receive from God.
Life is full of hardships and troubles (I know, this is a breakthrough statement. It took me 3 days to craft that line.).
Seriously, this world is jacked up and the people in it are suffering. Every day there is something or someone that causes people harm and there is no escape. It’s the reality of the time we live in. If you have been following the sermon series the past 3 weekends, you have seen a glimpse into peoples overwhelmed lives. People are seeking comfort and guess who they can, and should, turn to? … Christians!
Christians have experienced the great comforter (God). As we read in verse 3, Paul calls the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ the God of all comfort. The God of ‘ALL’ comfort! If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, the Father who is in heaven “comforts us in all of our troubles.” Continuing in verse 4, Paul describes a “pass it on” model of how God comforts.
It reads, “so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
Do you understand how God comforts people? He uses ‘US.‘ He uses His followers, He uses His Church, and He is using you and me. The struggles, the trials, and the hardships allow us to experience God’s comfort; and then in return, we can be the comfort to someone else.
In this hectic, fast-paced, overwhelming world, take a few minutes to listen to those in need. Comfort them as Christ comforts you. Let them see Christ through your selflessness and compassion. People are seeking freedom and Jesus Christ is the only remedy. We, disciples for Christ, are who they will turn to. Be prepared, be intentional, and be the comfort Christ wants us to be.
Dear Heavenly Father, I give you praise and thanks for the times when you have comforted me. Father, I ask for continued comfort as a navigate this earthly life. Allow me to be comfort for those in need, and that I can be an instrument of your comfort. God, use me as you wish! In Jesus’ name, Amen.