Our God of Comfort
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
God's care for us extends to the details of our lives. He knows when His children hurt and longs to offer comfort (Isa. 49:13).
The Lord's compassion is personal, continuous, and always available. We receive His comfort through the Holy Spirit, who lives within us. There is no situation or time when He is inaccessible to the believer—we can be consoled and reassured at any time, day or night.
Consider how the compassion of God was demonstrated through Jesus' life. He interacted even with the "untouchables"—people whose bodies were infected with a contagious disease (Luke 17:11-14). And no sickness of ours will prevent Him from caring for us.
Jesus had compassion on people with medical conditions (Matt. 14:14). He not only healed them physically but also gave an even greater comfort—new life through the forgiveness of sins. And while our infirmities
may remain, the Lord lovingly strengthens us to persevere (2 Cor. 12:7-9).
And what about the messes we get into? Peter's betrayal of Christ was met with forgiveness (John 21:15-17). Thomas's doubts were answered by Jesus Himself (John 20:27). Our mistakes won't stop Him from loving us. Even to His enemies, Jesus left the way open for repentance.
God's comfort and care are adequate for anything we face, whether it's declining health, insufficient finances, or family trouble. Then, once we've experienced His consolation, we are to become bearers of comfort to others (2 Cor. 1:4). People everywhere are in great need of His compassion.
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