I’ve noticed through the years that those who have suffered are quick to comfort others who may be hurting. When a young couple suffers the loss of a child, another couple who also lost a child asks if they can help. If a couple loses their main income, almost immediately another couple steps forward to offer their aid, remembering their own journey through foreclosure years earlier.
Again and again we see the body of Christ supporting and encouraging one another. These Christians have learned that they can use the trials they’ve been through to reach out to others going through similar difficulties.
Have you been sick? Lost a loved one? Been imprisoned? Unfairly treated? In all of our trials, God promises to bring something good out of even our darkest moments (James 1:2-4). One way this takes place is when we share the comfort He offered us with those who are now going through trials.
As Paul points out in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, we are comforted by a Savior who knows our suffering, and we honor Him when we pass His comfort on to others.
Take a look around your workplace today. Do you know anyone who is suffering or in pain? Imagine yourself in their shoes. If we know the path another person is experiencing, God will help us guide that person into His presence. He comforts us so that we may bring comfort to others.
Be a little more like Jesus today. Comfort someone with the love of our Savior.
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