Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)
Give What You Received
I know something about what you have given to me. What do you know about what I have given to you? You often have two purposes in mind when you give something. What two purposes do I have in mind? One, you want to give something to me. Two, you want me to give to others what I have received from you. Can you give me some examples? Yes, I can give you some examples. You have given me your love. You want me to love others with your love. You want your love to flow into and out of my life. You want my life to be a demonstration of your love to others in the world. Yes, I do want you to demonstrate my love to others in the world. Others will be drawn to me by my love following into and out of your life. What are some more examples of how you can share with others what you have received from me? I have received your wisdom and counsel. You have given me insight when I have needed it the most. You have kept me on course with you. You have kept me from stumbling. You have guided and guarded my path as I have walked through very difficult times. I can definitely share the wisdom and counsel and insight I have received from you with others. Yes, you can. What else? You have given me faith to believe in you when I have found myself in great adversity. I can encourage and help spur others on in their faith when they are going through dark and difficult times. I can stand in faith with others when they are in a crisis. I can pray faith filled prayers on behalf of others when they are in great need. Yes, you can. How about giving me one more example of something you have received from me that you can share with others. I can simply be present with others when they are in trouble. I can comfort them with the very same comfort with which you have comforted me. I will help them to know and remember that they are not alone. Both you and I are with them. Both you and I will help them. Together, we can give you thanks and praise for all your goodness, kindness, mercy and love. Together, we can rely on all your help. Yes, you can. That will be very good.
Lord, you have been with me to help me. You have never left me alone. You have abundantly comforted me in every discouraging adversity I have gone through in life. Help me to comfort others with the same comfort I have been able to receive from you. Amen
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