2 Corinthians 1:3 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.
Wow! I have to say here one thing before I start. By reading this scripture verse, I understand why so many people are lost for words when it comes to comforting others! If you have never been comforted…you might not know how to comfort another in trouble. And while it is true, at one time or another you might have been on the receiving end of comfort…that still doesn’t qualify you to be a source of comfort for others.
One thing though makes all the difference: GOD….the GOD OF ALL COMFORT!
By comforting one who is in trouble…one doesn’t need to look up for the right soundly words. I learned that a little over a year ago. A friend was in trouble. BIG TROUBLE. My words…no matter how well meaning could do nothing to lighten her burden. Instead…her burden became my burden. Even though she never got to know it…I ached as much as she did. I wanted so badly to fix her situation…but I didn’t know how. I cried her tears; I asked her questions; My heart bled for her dreams; Then God showed up….to comfort her! Suddenly, my burden for her lifted. And in the most amazing way…words…WORDS OF COMFORT began flowing from my mouth. And she listened…and little by little, God began patching together her broken heart!
God made me see and understanding this:
– My words and yours for that matter will always be inadequate to comfort one who is in trouble.
– You and I cannot possibly comfort someone if you are not willing to step into their shoe.
– It is God who determines the proper time for the use of words to comfort.
– And above all, comforting others is not a one-time event but that a learning to walk through the season with the one in need.
Is someone you know in need of comfort? Have you tried on their shoe? Are you careful with your words? Are you willing to let God lead you? Are you willing to engage for the long haul?
These are questions you and I should look at squarely before we jump ship…in our desire to comfort others.
Samuel 20:41 After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and WEPT TOGETHER – but David WEPT THE MOST.