“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are afflicted, 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 that we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that as you share in the sufferings, so you will also share in the comfort.”
Two things we do in order to experience God’s comfort:
1. We must receive God’s comfort. | You are not able to recycle to others what you have not yet received. We have all experienced pain in the past week. Seek the Lord by going to Him and be honest about your hurts and broken heart. God has given you permission to mourn.
2. Redistribute God’s comfort. | God is not only developing people through his Word, He is also developing people through your word about Him. God is not only healing people through what He does, He is also healing people through what you do in His name. We participate in God’s work when we comfort others with the comfort we have received from him.
Discuss around your table today (or any place you gather):
1. Storms cause fear, uncertainty, and can be hard to process. Process out loud together what the last week has been like for you. Encourage one another to remember that God loves us, God is with us and God takes care of us.
2. Be honest with God about what’s going on around you. Ask Him to heal your broken heart, bandage your wounds, and restore the joy of your salvation for those things.
3. What have you been through that God can recycle?
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