Our God is a God of compassion and a God of comfort. In our times of trouble, He is always there to care for us and to comfort us. He does this so that we can comfort those around us in their times of trouble. Because of the comfort we receive from God, we are able to comfort others. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
As members of the body of Christ and as children of the living God, it is our responsibility to extend the comfort of God to others who are in need of it. There are many ways by which we can do this. Comfort can be given through our physical presence in another’s life. When someone we know is going through a difficult time, sometimes just being with that person can provide comfort. It tells that person that you are there for them, that you care. That can provide much needed comfort.
We can give comfort through prayer. In my own life, I have found comfort in knowing that others are praying for and with me through a time of trouble. Sometimes a person going through a difficult situation may find it hard to pray. In times like that, we can provide comfort by lifting him or her up in prayer, seeking God’s help in the situation. We can give voice to what they may be feeling and what they need to express to God.
Comfort can be given by listening and expressing empathy. When you are going through a time of trouble, isn’t it comforting to know that there is someone you can talk to and who can understand how you feel. When we listen and show empathy for others in their troubles, we reflect Jesus. He is always there to listen to us in our times of need and He knows exactly how we feel. We can also provide comfort by sharing with others about times when God has provided comfort in our own lives.
As it says in 2 Corinthians 1:4, we are able to comfort others because of the comfort we have received from God. We should always look to extend that comfort to others.