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Who Or What Brings You Comfort?

2 Corinthians 1:4

…who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

112015 Ray McDonaldWho or what brings you comfort? I was talking to a church member yesterday and they mentioned how they had a warm and fuzzy moment with their child – a child that is fast growing beyond regular warm and fuzzy moments. They had been away on a trip and the child – who is showing all the signs of growing older and becoming independent – became tired toward the end of the trip and curled up in the parent’s lap and lay their head on their parent’s shoulder. It was a very touching moment and that parent will cherish that moment for a long time for sure.

Who or what brings you comfort? Do you have a comfort food – something that is your go to when you are depressed or when you are worried or stressed? Something like ice cream or pizza or warm bread or something that you enjoy and can take your mind off of whatever is troubling you. It isn’t the healthiest – I promise you – but many of us gain comfort from food.

Who or what brings you comfort? I just watched a video of my two oldest granddaughters greeting each other after not seeing each other for some time. They currently live miles apart and we’re reunited (along with their parents). I love that part – where they love one another and cherish their visits (until someone wants a toy the other one has in their hands). I enjoyed having the other sister travel many miles to see both of her sisters this past week. I love that part.

Who or what brings you comfort? Here is today’s passage in partial context. 2 Corinthians 1:3–7 – 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 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.

Who or what brings you comfort? Our comfort should be in Jesus – the One who can bring us lasting comfort. Because of the comfort we get from Jesus – we can share comfort with others! We can share abundantly because God shared abundantly with us.

Who or what brings you comfort? Sunday we will talk about the fellowship we all enjoy or should enjoy when we gather together as the family of God – the Church. I know I missed my church family last weekend while I visited with my earthly family. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed my time with my family but I missed the comfort that comes from the portion of the Body of Christ I can my church home.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 4, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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