Compassion and comfort 

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 receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1: 3-4). We all need comfort in times of trouble and no one is a better comforter than the Lord. He is the creator of comfort, consolation, serenity and tranquility. He can appease the most frantic minds and calm the wildest storms. I call Him “the Big Comfort maker.” He has the unique ability to bring balance and peace like no other. One of His characteristics is that He is overwhelmingly compassionate. A lot of people don’t see Him that way. We need compassion in order to help others and God has compassion galore. He has infinitely more compassion than we need which means that we could find ourselves in trouble a million times, He will have compassion a million times and will save us a million times and more. Friend, find comfort today in that you serve a compassionate God who will always come to your rescue no matter what. 

Compassion is the concern for the sufferings and misfortunes of others. Whatever is happening in your life today, know that God has the compassion that it takes to be moved to help you. He doesn’t stand far in the distance looking for a bigger case to take care of. He cares about your smallest concerns and your tiniest misfortunes. If something is not making you happy, God is concerned about it and He will intervene if you stay in faith. He hates seeing you suffering and going through a hard time. I used to think that God only cared about my biggest problems until I found out He cared about everything about me. I encourage you to talk to Him about anything and everything. Let Him be the confidant and the best friend He should rightly be. Don’t make the same mistake I made. Open yourself to how compassionate God truly is. 

We can look at God’s consolation plan as a three part plan. It starts with compassion. After compassion comes comfort. God’s comfort is like nothing else in the world. When I started turning things over to God, I began to feel extreme comfort that would make me forget the pain and sadness I had experienced. When something bad happens, I am reminded of His compassion so I go to Him in prayer. Then I am wrapped in His love and comfort. It doesn’t always happen right away but it does happen. Once the comfort is here, I enter into the third phase which is to give comfort to others. God always blesses us so we can bless others in return. The gifts are not (just) for us. They are meant for the greater good. We get a double dose of comfort; one for us and one for someone who needs it. God can use you as a vessel. You can be the catalyst He needs at time. Your misery can lead to a blessing for someone if you first turn to God and ask for help. He will rescue you and bless someone else in the process. Compassion and “double comfort” are a great plan. Trust the One who comforts. His comfort goes a long way!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 51:12; 2 Corinthians 7: 6-7; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

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