“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 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 may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.”
“Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us“
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”
The need to be comforted implies there is something going on in our lives that requires comforting, that we are hurting or suffering and seek relief from it. In this world there is a lot of hurt and everyone reading this message has experienced it in one way or another: mentally, physically and spiritually. We do not enjoy suffering but it is a part of life and we all deal with it differently. Paul writes in Corinthians, “God is the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God”. It is God who comforts us at these times, but it appears that He does so by people who also have experienced God’s comfort. We are to minister to those we know and show God’s comfort to them. In other words, from our experiences we are to comfort others who may be going through the same thing. As Paul writes in Romans, our suffering produces endurance, character and hope. If we see our suffering through faithful eyes we grow spiritually by God who is actively working in us.
We know that there is a time for pain in our lives, and there is also a time to mourn our loss, whatever it may be: a death, something that was lost or someone who has left us. But, we also know there is a time when we need to move on and embrace the next chapter in our life. If we have been in pain a long time it may have turned into a friend that we keep close. We nurture it and grow it, reluctant to let it go. Maybe today is the day we reach out to God and allow Him to take away our pain. We can let it go and take comfort that God is with us and He has or will send people to help us put our pain away. If you know someone who is hurting and in need of comfort, may you today reach out to them in any way you can and let God work His comfort through you. May we allow the God of all comfort to actively work in our lives.