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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Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the LORD is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion, for the LORD is a just God. All who wait patiently for him are happy. (CSB)
Matthew 14:29 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter answered him, “command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. (CSB)
Matthew 14:19, 20 Then he commanded the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish, looking up to heaven, he blessed them. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. Everyone ate and was satisfied. They picked up twelve baskets full of leftover pieces. (CSB)