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Comforted To Comfort

Good Evening Everyone,

As I sit here trying to write this devotional I can already get a sense of where the Lord is wanting to go with this message, and so let’s get into the Christlike Ministries NWA Daily Devotional for Saturday, February 7, 2015.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NASB)

As I read these two verses today and began thinking about what the Lord was speaking through them I couldn’t help noticing that God comforts us so that we can comfort one another.  Have you ever had someone tell you their story, and you start out your response by saying: “I know what you mean because I’ve been there.”?

One of the most commonly overlooked things from Hebrews 4:15-16 is that we have a God who understands what we’re going through because He has gone through it Himself.  That’s why we can boldly come to Him in our time of need because not only can and will He help us, not only is there grace to help us, but He also understands.  He can also tell us that one thing that comforts many of us when we’re talking to someone about what we’re going through.

I was thinking earlier as I was writing the draft to this message about where Paul writes that God comforts us so that we can comfort one another.  We talk about how we are blessed to be a blessing, and that’s right.  However, what I’ve come to find out is that when the Bible talks about how we “overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony” that’s not in the Bible by mistake, friends.  Everything that is written in the Bible is there on purpose…yes…even the genealogy of Jesus.

Isn’t it great to know that no matter what it is we have been through we have a God that can empathize with us, and can comfort us because He has been through it too?  The Bible says that He has been touched with every infirmity we have been, and that’s why it says that He can understand and sympathize with us whenever we come before Him in our time of need.

We can be assured that no matter what it is we have been through that He understands.  Let us become the kind of people who are compassionate, and seek out to comfort the afflicted instead of condemning and kicking them when they’re down. Amen!?!

Let’s Pray:

O LORD, God of heaven and earth, Creator of the universe, thank you for knowing our hearts, caring about our concerns, and comforting us when we are wounded. Help us to share Your grace, mercy, and comfort with someone else today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

In Closing:

There are a lot of “pay it forward” things going on these days, and it’s always nice to see people wanting to do more to help one another.  The sad part is this is what the church should be doing.  I have a saying that it should never be easier for people to find what they need in the world instead of finding it in or coming from the church.

We are comforted to comfort others. God doesn’t bless us with his presence and comfort of his Spirit because we are somehow better than everyone else. No, he comforts us to equip, empower, and encourage others. God has human hands, but only when I use mine to his glory and for others comfort.

One of the greatest compliments I can get is when someone let’s me know that something I’ve written has touched or inspired or helped them in some way. I want you all to know that I read every comment, and appreciate every time one of you lets me know something I’ve written ministered to you.

Have a blessed evening everyone!

Blessings & Grace;

Pastor B

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