God Comforts Us So We Can Comfort Others

Back in the 80’s, Holli was teaching at a private school. There was a lady there she became friends with. This lady had a son who died tragically in a motorcycle accident.
We went to the hospital and for several hours people came through to try to comfort this lady and her family. Throughout this, the lady sat with her hands covering her face. She had a lost child and was experiencing deep, deep grief.
But later in the night, a man Dunk Wallace came through. Dunk had lost a son in a motorcycle accident as well. He knelt down in front of the lady and said, “Ma’am, I’m Dunk Wallace; I lost a son in a motorcycle accident as well.”
When the mother heard this, she lowered her hands and made eye contact with Dunk. It was as if she were saying, “You understand, don’t you?”
And she was right.. Dunk did understand.
This lady received comfort from someone who had been comforted before. In II Corinthians 1:4, the apostle Paul said, “who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted before God.”
Have you gone through some tough times? And, when you did, you wouldn’t have made it were it not for the Lord. The Lord comforted you in your affliction. The Lord has comforted you, so that you can comfort others.
Several years ago, I was going through a pretty tough time as a Pastor. I had resigned a church and was sorting things out. During this time, I maid contact with a man who was Pastor of a large church in the area. I told him what I had been through and he asked me to meet him for lunch. We met and visited for a while. The Lord really used him to minister to me.
Later, I told a staff member of the church he served about him reaching out to me. The guy said, “That doesn’t surprise me… that’s just him.”
This Pastor had experienced cancer. He knew how it felt to hurt. So why I contacted him, he knew what I was dealing with and he reached out to me. The Lord had comforted him in his affliction and he was comforting me.
Today, let the Lord use you to comfort someone in their affliction.

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