Friday, November 5, 2010

Just a thought and a share

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:

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Comfort and Joy 

“Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into 
song, O mountains! For the Lord comforts his people 
and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.” 
Isaiah 49:13
God is aware of our suffering and He wants His children
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”
(Lamentations 3:22-23).

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




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1 comment:

MaxineD said...

Thank you Donna - I 'needed' that as we have hit a road bump at the moment.
Blessings
Maxine