Faith

God of all Comfort

Dear friends of mine are experiencing tragic loss and suffering right now, and I’ve been feeling helpless. What words can I give that will bring comfort? Nothing I say will ease the pain they are feeling. Nothing I say can take away the tragedy and sorrow. 

In this state of helplessness, when we’re watching a loved one suffer, it’s easy to say the complete wrong thing.  I wrote a post earlier about how phrases that were meant to give comfort were making the pain worse. Our good intentions usually fall short. 

As I thought about what I could possibly give to them, the phrase “God of all comfort” kept popping up in my head. It reminded me that while I have nothing to offer, God has given it all. 

This is a sinful, fallen world. We will suffer. We will experience grief, loss, pain, and sorrow. Nothing but the return of Christ will stop that. But while we share in the sufferings of Christ, we share in his comfort too. And this comfort enables us to be a source of comfort for those in anguish. We are to be agents of God’s love and comfort to the world around us, even though we don’t have the words. God gives us the words in His Gospel.

The God of all comfort is in, with, and around them. The God of all comfort comforts us when we experience loss and grief.  

My prayer is that my friends suffering will seek and know the God of all comfort.

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.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

 

Image taken from Wikihow.comThree ways to comfort your friend.”

 

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