Tuesday, July 1, 2008

How God Makes Comforters

I Corinthians 1:4 "Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."

This isn't one of the messages from the campmeeting but the Lord let me receive this through one of my Sisters in Christ from church. She gave me a card from her and her husband after we had learned my brother had been murdered. It blessed my heart and God put it on my heart to share this with you all today. I pray it helps someone who may be going through a very difficult trial right now. Remember...God makes no mistakes in what he allows to come into His children's lives.

Because you know sorrow ...you can sympathize with others and comfort them. And when you do..your own sorrow will be lessened.

Someone has written..."Sorrow can lead us into one of four lands: the barren land in which we try to escape from it; the broken land in which we sink under it; the bitter land in which we resent it; or the better land in which we bear it and become a blessing to others." To enter that better land...we must stop focusing on our own sorrows...accept God's comfort in them...and reach out to others in need. The best comforters are those whom God has comforted and who are willing to comfort others.

When we've felt the oil of God's comfort,
Which dresses our wounds like a balm,
We're able to comfort the hurting
And help them be patient and calm.

~Anonymous~

God comforts us to make us comforters,
Not just to make us comfortable.

6 comments:

Lisa said...

I am so sorry about your brother sister Julie. My prayers are with you and your family.Lisa~

Jerry Bouey said...

Sis Julie, I am sorry to hear about your loss. I saw the picture the last time I visited, but must not have read what you had written under it. Praying for the Lord to comfort you and your family.

Jerry Bouey said...

The statement you wrote at the bottom reminds me of a quote I have in my Bible:

"God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters." - J.H. Jowett.

Sis. Julie said...

Bro. Jerry...Thank you. He is comforting me more than I could ever describe. I still have my moments of break-down but I guess that will happen for a while to come. I'm so thankful that I know the Lord as I go through this. Because I do...I have His comfort and His grace for this situation.

Anonymous said...

that one did make sense and my prayer today is that I may comfort someone, allow His warmth to come through me.

Sis. Julie said...

Anonymous...Amen!!

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