As a Christian, even when we experience grief, it’s not just about us! The grieving process is painful! The loss we’ve experienced aches terribly! It may be someone near and dear … It may be a relationship … It may be something we have grown to treasure… No matter – the pain is intense! But as a Christian, the Lord comes alongside as our helper! He ministers the salve of hope to our wound! His sweet presence is like a soothing bandage to our hurt! His Spirit is like a healing tonic! We are so grateful!
But even then it’s not simply about us! Apostle Paul realized that and wrote the following wonderful encouragement I read this morning…
“Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow toward us, so also our comfort through Christ overflows to you. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort that you experience in your patient endurance of the same sufferings that we also suffer. 7\ And our hope for you is steadfast because we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you will share in our comfort! (2 Corinthians 1:3–7 the NET Bible)
These are no light and casual words either… the next verses describe the gut-wrenching sorrow Paul faced! Think of it… incredible, supernatural, comfort in sorrow… not simply for us, but enough of it to share with others! I’ve experienced it! Think I’ll accept Paul’s challenge and share it today with someone who needs it… A comforting presence, a reassuring touch, a hopeful word, a kind letter, a supporting prayer… something that ministers comfort to a hurting friend. Guide me Lord!!