Where is your comfort?
I love the opening to Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians (even though in all actuality it’s probably his fourth or fifth). Paul opens this letter proclaiming the glory of God through his ability to provide comfort. Comfort? Yes, comfort.
We live in a fallen and sin-laden world. That means there are those who are hurting & afflicted all around us. Yet, for the Christian, we have a supernatural source that brings us comfort so we can both endure and thrive in such dire straits. God comes down to us and showers us with his grace, mercy, and love which brings comfort.
The beauty in this truth is that this comfort isn’t for ourselves alone. God comforts us so we can be equipped to comfort others. God has designed the body of Christ to work in this way. We come alongside one another to help our brothers and sisters through their difficulties. And then they turn around and do the same for us. This is one way we bear one another’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). So, not only do we receive comfort from God’s Spirit directly, but we also are comforted by the body.
Do you ever wonder why you’ve gone through some of the things you’ve experienced in life? Maybe God wants you to experience this comfort in the body. Or, maybe he’s equipping you to help someone else walk through a similar circumstance in the future. Whatever the situation, rest in the truth that we trust in the God of all comfort.
Have you ever experienced this biblical comfort? What ways can you come alongside others to comfort them in their affliction?