Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Comforting Others

All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us.  (2 Corinthians 1:3)

   The older we get the more comforts we desire.  We used to enjoy camping, sleeping in a tent, roughing it in the   wilderness, but now we want a motel with elevators, a king size bed, a TV, and a free, hot continental breakfast.  Oh. where has the pioneer spirit gone?

   In the Scriptures, God presents a different perspective on comfort.  He isn't concerned with plush surroundings and creature comforts.  His comfort is in the spiritual realm rather than the physical.  James 1:23 says, "Count it all joy, my brethren, (when) you encounter various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance."

   Human comfort comes with a hug, holding of hands, words of encouragement, and acts of kindness.  God never promises to removed all difficulties, pain, and suffering, but he does promise to stand with us in our hours of trial.

   As you embrace Him -- He embraces you.  What a wonderful mutual promise.  Have you felt his loving arms around you?  Worship him by thanking him for his divine comfort.

Thought for the Day: Jesus is the God of all comfort and stands beside you in times of trial.



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