“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)
People endure all different kinds of suffering, from physical pain to mental anguish, reeling from loss and frozen in fear and doubt. One way to battle the weary effect of suffering is by speaking life to our friends. We can ask God to give us verses of Scripture to pray for our friend, and send those words to them via call or text.
When we go out of our way to tell our friends why we appreciate them, and list the wonderful attributes about them, it can break through their pain for a moment and give them hope. We can’t always changes someone’s circumstances, but we can always speak love over the people God has placed in our lives. When people are in pain, as Christ followers it’s our job to be Jesus to them. He loves others through us.
“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 1:1-4)
God is faithful to comfort us, through time in prayer and through seeking Him in Scripture. But we aren’t just meant to consume comfort. It’s reciprocal. We love, because we are loved. We forgive, because we’ve been forgiven. When our friends are suffering, it’s important to keep the ebb and flow of conversation and communication going. When someone is sorrowful, they may not reach out to us to let us know exactly what is going on or how they are doing. Some feel they are a burden to others, and others may not want to lay their burden on others who may worry about them. It’s important to take the initiative when we know someone is suffering to keep in touch with them as they travel through a hard season. Phone calls, face-time, texts, even letters. God will always be honored in our efforts to make sure our friends know they are loved, especially in seasons of suffering.
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