Day 302 –
Our Suffering leads to Our Comforting.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 “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. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.”
We WILL suffer affliction as Christ was afflicted……
We will also experience comfort as Christ was comforted…………..and through Jesus it will be the Spirit whom will comfort us so we can comfort others when they are afflicted.
Affliction happens to everyone; it is a consequence of sin entering into this world. But Christ received the greatest affliction when He took on our sins and was nailed to the Cross.
Jesus felt the greatest pain ever known to man for our sakes, Yet in mere moments His pain was alleviated, His affliction comforted, all while conquering the grave and rising to Heaven.
As we get hit by one affliction after another, He comforts us specifically so we may comfort others who go through the same difficult situations.
When our little Hayden passed away, one of the greatest comforters was a mother who had experienced the same type of tragedy and still kept her eyes focused on Christ. She knew exactly what to say and what not to say and pointed my husband and I to Our Lord. Even the words of Ann Voskamp in “One Thousand Gifts” and the words of Mary Beth Chapman in “Choosing to See” were great blessings from God in the first months of our loss. Their experiences didn’t deepen our wound, instead, their losses healed us little by little knowing other Christians had gone through the same types of hurt.
Just as others helped us heal, It is truly a blessing to be able to comfort others who suffer a loss like ours.
God doesn’t give us something we can’t use, and in suffering He gives us Comfort to be able to Comfort others.