The prompt for this week is "comfort". As I sat throughout the day thinking and pondering, many thoughts came to my mind. Comfort food - soup, chocolate, anything bready or starchy. What is your favorite comfort food? Being comfortable - in our own skin, in our homes, putting on comfy clothes after a long day. Comfort zones. God seems to put me in many situations where He wants to take me OUT of my comfort zone. As an introvert, this tends to happen to me a lot. I'm grateful though because I can see Him move and do His work where before I would be hesitant to meet new people or try something new.
That last thought brings me to the most comforting aspect of the word "comfort". God is the "God of all comfort". I have been through a lot of pain and grief over the years, loss of loved ones, relationships, etc., but I know God has a purpose in it! He has allowed me to share my experiences with others and I trust that what I've learned about God and His character has helped others along the way.
One of my favorite passages of Scriptures is 2 Corinthians 1:3-7:
"May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! He is the compassionate Father and God of all comfort. 4 He’s the one who comforts us in all our trouble so that we can comfort other people who are in every kind of trouble. We offer the same comfort that we ourselves received from God. 5 That is because we receive so much comfort through Christ in the same way that we share so many of Christ’s sufferings. 6 So if we have trouble, it is to bring you comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is to bring you comfort from the experience of endurance while you go through the same sufferings that we also suffer. 7 Our hope for you is certain because we know that as you are partners in suffering, so also you are partners in comfort." (CEB)
How will you take the comfort you have received from God to comfort others?
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