Daily D – 2 Corinthians 1:4
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 CORINTHIANS 1:4 (NLT)
Hurt people hurt people. It is hard to be nice when you are suffering pain whether it be emotional or physical. Rationality is a challenge when all of your energy is focused on seeking relief.
What happens on the other side of pain is often extraordinary. Perspective and peace are common. Hurting people who find comfort are most often the best at comforting others who hurt. Comforted people comfort others.
When our daughter was in college, she had an acquaintance who exuded a challenging personality. She could lash out irrationally with the best of them. She was a wound factory. She was a hurt person intent on hurting others thinking it would somehow make her feel better. It did not.
Baby Girl wisely noted how she had never had any real obstacles to overcome in life. She did not know how to handle adversity. She did not know pain’s secret purpose. Having never been comforted from anything more than skinned knees and skin blemishes, she had not embraced the perspective pain produces.
Just as children on bicycles often require training wheels, each of us requires small problems before we get to the inevitable larger variety. We all have them. They arrive uninvited and stay longer than expected. Even when they depart, they leave reminders.
Everyone hurts. Every person you know has been hurt, is hurting, or will be hurt soon. Someone near to your heart will need your comforting presence soon. You do not need wise words artfully expressed. Instead, you need to be near enough to touch, quiet enough to listen, and patient enough to endure until your comfort is fully expressed and tearfully received.
Lead from your strengths. Lead with the comfort you have received. Bones grow stronger in the places where they are broken.
I will comfort others with the comfort I have received.
Our Father, thank you for my wounds now healed. They empower me to see the whole world differently. They empower me to comfort others. What a gift of grace our wounds can be! Use my broken and healed places to strengthen others. Extend your comfort through me. Amen.
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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”