Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Comforting Others

Comforting Others
(Carolyn McCulley)

Comforting others isn't always about opening our mouths. In fact, our sympathetic presence may be all that is needed in the short term. As we all know, that's the only thing Job's friends got right. But also, we need to pray for the endurance of our friends who are suffering:...

God is the one who comforts the downcast (2 Cor. 7:6-7), but He often uses us to do so. Paul was clear about that when he told the Corinthians how Titus was used in his life: "But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more." Our presence is often an assurance of God's covenant love.

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