God Who Comforts Us…

Do you think much about God’s comfort or about comforting others? Consider the following verses, prayerfully you will find the same peace and comfort I did.

I love the quote below; it is a great example of love, compassion and comfort. It made me think of all the ways God comforts us and how we can and should comfort and encourage each other.

It was one of the worst days of my life: The washing machine broke down, the telephone kept ringing, my head ached, and the mail carrier brought a bill I had no money to pay. Almost to the breaking point, I lifted my one-year-old into his highchair, leaned my head against the tray, and began to cry. Without a word, my son took his pacifier out of his mouth and stuck it in mine. Clara Null

Comfort-tempered with mercy: They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer.  But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant. Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return. Ps 78:35-39

Comfort in fear: I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Ps 23:4

Comfort now and in future: You will increase my honor and comfort me once again. Ps 71:21

In our dark hours: May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. Ps 119:76

Comfort from being united in Christ: If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Phil 2:1-2

Comfort when we are down- but not out: 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 have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 2 Cor 1:3-7

Comfort with a Promise of Peace:  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

 

3 comments for “God Who Comforts Us…

  1. jel
    June 19, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Morning Janice,

    hope ya have a great day!

    Morning jel,

    Right back at ya! 🙂

  2. Amy
    June 18, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Mom, I can’t find any comfort, any hope, any peace. What do you do when you pray the same thing over and over for 10 years and God just says, “No.” My kids suffer, they get hurt, they cry, I cry, my heart breaks. I don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. I’m out of the clutches of that evil, sorry excuse for a human, but they never will be. He will ruin them and break their sweet spirits. How do I find comfort in that?

    My Very Precious Daughter, how my heart aches for you, and with you. I can only share with you more truths from scripture. I don’t pretend to understand all the reasons we suffer or why those we love suffer. Please…just continue to trust God, only he knows our future.
    Ps 32:10 The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.
    Jer 17:7-8 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
    When you feel like your prayers don’t go any higher than the ceiling, when you feel God has forgotten you, remember all the good he has done in your life and will continue to do. Remember and consider, we must wait upon the Lord.
    Ps 27:14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
    1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of him.
    Prov 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
    Remember the account in Genesis 50:15-21 Now that Jacob was dead, the brothers, fearing that Joseph would deal harshly with them for their wrongs (cf. 45:3), pleaded for forgiveness. Once again (cf. 44:33) they referred to themselves as Joseph’s slaves. But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done. Gen 50:19-20
    I am incensed that the judges in this land allow unfit fathers to have visitation. They too will receive their reward and punishment. The law is supposed to protect the innocent…sadly that isn’t always the case.
    Please continue to trust God, teach your children to do the same and know that many prayers are said for all of you. Continue to be the good example to them that you are.
    Jer 29:11-12 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    I love you….Mom

  3. June 18, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I love the Psalms. At a recent heart-wrenching time in my life, a blog friend and brother reminded me to read the prayers in Psalms. I found David and some others expressing not only praise and adoration but also grief, anguish, questions, fear. That it itself was a comfort, knowing the “man after God’s own heart” felt like I did for different reasons. Another blog friend and brother very recently suggested, for those in pain, to go to the Psalms, read them, and when you feel like screaming them, do so!

    Can’t remember exactly where the passage is right now, but there’s one that tells us that we are comforted by God so we can comfort others. What a privilege.

    Janice, your blog is fast becoming one of my favorites. I’m so glad we found each other. 🙂

    Judy, I too love the Psalms, they are so very heartfelt and bring so much comfort. I believe the other scripture you mentiond is 2 Cor 1:4.

    Thank you for the lovely compliment. I really enjoy your Meow Mix blog too.

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