Take Comfort, Then Give It Away

“For when we came into Macedonia, this body of ours had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.”
II Corinthians 7:5-6 (NIV)

It is hard to make it a week without feeling hassled. Frustrations, aggravations, conflicts, and temptations seem to be at every turn. Paul the Apostle certainly knew what it was like. Listen to his language: “harassed at every turn – conflicts on the outside and fears within.” And yet Paul shares with all confidence that he was comforted by God. In fact, he calls God the “God who comforts the downcast.” No matter what we go through, we can go through it knowing that God is committed to our comfort. He understands, He cares, He comforts. And notice one of the ways God comforts. He uses people like you and me to comfort others. God used Titus to be a comfort to Paul.  Today, be comforted by God. Let your soul be at peace. But don’t stop there. Go and help comfort someone else. Be a Titus to someone who is in desperate need of help.   

Lord, comfort my heart today. Might I find peace, joy, patience and hope in Your love. Might I find all I need in the love You have for me. At the same time, Dear Father, help me comfort others the way You have comforted me.

God comforts me
As you come to God ask Him to show you any areas where you need comfort. Anxiety, fear, concern, anger, sorrow, shame. Let God bring it to your mind. As you sense what it is, visualize putting it in a box. Put it all in box and put the lid on it. Now take the box and bring it to Jesus. He is waiting. He wants to trade your box for comfort. He knows you and loves you. Give the box to Him and as you do let your body relax. Take a deep breath and say, “Comfort me Lord Jesus.” Relax and soak in God’s comfort. Ask Him, “More Lord, comfort me, give me peace deep in my heart.” Smile as you experience His presence and let His comfort fill your heart and mind.


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