“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.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
I seem to be meditating a lot on God’s comfort lately. Maybe that’s because my rheumatoid arthritis has been flaring up a lot. And I’ve come to learn that there can be a big difference for me between living with RA and living well with RA. Part of that difference is letting God in to take care of me as only He can.
But this passage goes further than that to describe a sort of “comfort cycle.” (that sounds like a dryer setting, doesn’t it??) Think about it, though. The Apostle Paul teaches us here to praise God for the blessing of His comfort. Then, when we’ve been helped and encouraged, we are to extend comfort to those around us who need it.
Best of all, the comfort we give isn’t out of our own reserves. While God continues to provide for us, He wants to work through us to impact others by His strength, not ours.
Lots of people need a comforting touch these days. Are you one of them? I am! And when I receive his peace, I also find myself wanting to share the goodness with others. What a loving God we have!
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