“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
The Encouraging Word’s focus group started back up today for the new year at full speed ahead. We are reviewing our newest Bible study on Esther. Our group of ladies had such great discussion as we went through the first lesson today. What a blessing it is to freely gather with other believers, digging into the Word and encouraging one another. Thank you, ladies!
One of our discussion questions caused us to reflect on past struggles and how going through those experiences have put us into a position to be of service to others. Linda wrote, “God is at work sovereignly using our struggles, pain, daily experiences and triumphs to mold us into a person that can be used by Him to help others.”
God guides and comforts us through our trials, so that we can comfort others going through difficult times. We can, at the very least, come alongside, listen, uphold one another through prayer, encourage each other through sharing scripture (1 Peter 4:12-13) and help one another be thankful (1 Thessalonians 5:18). The next time you see someone struggling, be mindful to be compassionate like our Heavenly Father and to comfort them as God surely has comforted you.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for comforting me throughout the struggles I went through these last few years. Shape and mold me to be more like Your Son, so that I can comfort others in Your love. Amen