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“Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst intoGod is aware of our suffering and He wants His children
song, O mountains! For the Lord comforts his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.”
to discover relief in Him.Our affliction may be
self-inflicted or from outside sources. Regardless,
His compassion is more than empathy, but it is
active and far reaching. No matter how deep
and severe our wounds, He cares. He comforts
the afflicted and afflicts those who are too comfortable.
He understands your hurt. He understands
your rejection. He understands your humiliation.
He understands your fears. Jesus walked through the
hurt of humanity on His way to the halleluiahs of
heaven. He will never leave you or forsake you.
It is for you and others that He lived and died.
His mercies, love and grace are new every morning.
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not
consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are
new every morning; great is your faithfulness”
Christ is a catalyst for community, as He invites
you to join Him and His church. The compassion
of Christ and others is a healing balm; so
seek out the comfort and compassion of God’s
people. The Body of Christ is there to administer
healing and support. A wounded body part will
eventually die if left unattended, but will recover
and thrive with the support of other members.
Christians are interdependent on one another.
Pride resists receiving help, but humility seeks help.
Pride and humility cannot coexist. Pride says I can
buck up and go at this alone. Humility says alone
I will fail, but with others I will succeed. Our
perception becomes skewed under the onslaught of
affliction. We lose sight of the spiritual battle that is
raging. Humility battles on its knees in prayer.
But your brothers and sisters in Christ help you fight
the enemy, like loyal comrades in a crisis. So, let
God’s comfort and the comfort of others administer
grace to your wounded heart. Trust Him to fight the
good fight on your behalf. Let Jesus love on you. Let
people encourage you and hold you accountable.
One day you will be able to comfort others with
the same comfort you have received. Indeed, your
compassion will be much deeper, broader and
Christ-like. Therefore, rejoice because of His
great comfort and compassion!
“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).
Do I rejoice in the comfort of Christ? Am I extending His
comfort to the uncomfortable?
Related Readings: Psalm 119:50-52; Isaiah 12:1;
2 Corinthians 7:7; Philippians 2:1-3
Friday, November 5, 2010
I get devotionals delivered to my email as many of you do. Sometimes one will speak to me louder than others. This one seemed appropriate for all the trials and hard bumps we hit as we travel though our lives. I wanted to share this with you:
Posted by Donna Moore at 8:01 AM