COMFORT AND ENCOURAGE THE TROUBLED

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2Corinthians 1 : 3- 4

LISTEN: We are comforted to comfort others. The strength we receive daily from the Lord is given to strengthen others who are weak and tired of life. The world is full of people who are brokenhearted as a result of the loss of loved ones; people who are frustrated and confused, messed up by failed relationships, shattered and battered by forces of negative change; and traumatised by horrible experiences of life. Worst of all, no one is there to comfort and encourage these class of people. Instead, they are often mocked, criticised, rejected and abandoned. But God wants us (believers in Christ) to be there for them. He wants us to mend their broken hearts through comfort of Scripture. He wants us to speak to them with grace. The Bible says, ” Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone.” (Colosians 4 :6). Friend, your word to the troubled can make the difference between living and dying. Your comforting words can save their sinking souls.

Beloved, how do you react to people in pain? How do you respond to the plight of the brokenhearted? The troubled, abandoned and rejected? Do you abuse, criticise and mock them for their misfortunes? Or, comfort them with the same comfort you received in your time of trouble? Our verse of the day says, “… who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2Corinthians 1 : 3- 4). Beloved, I am sure there was a time your heart was in pain, perhaps due to illness, loss of loved one, lost of job or a relationship, hardship, family or communal crisis, etc; somehow you received comforting and encouraging words from someone who encouraged and gave you reasons to live again. Can you not do same to the hurting and troubled today? Beloved, let us live for one another.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to encourage and comfort the troubled, afflicted and hurting.
2. No matter the burden of your heart, always look up to God for comfort and solution.
3 Never criticise, abuse, or mock people for their misfortunes and predicaments.
4. Always remember that God wants us to mend broken hearts, and not to break them further.

Daily Prayer: Oh Lord! You are the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. You comforted us so we could comfort others. Therefore, help me to encourage and comfort the troubled and afflicted, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Task: Beloved, God wants us to mend broken hearts through comfort of Scripture. Therefore, let us speak to others with grace and love.

Daily Reflection: Our words to the troubled and afflicted can make the difference between living and dying. Our comforting words can save their sinking soul.

Daily Quote: “Already broken heart ought to be mended and not broken further.”

Today In History: February 6, 1975 President Gerald Ford asks Congress for $497 million for aid to Cambodia.

Say this: Today, I confess that God showed me mercy and comforted me when I was in trouble. Therefore, I will show mercy to others, encourage and comfort them in their troubles, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may you not fail to show mercy to others, encourage and comfort them in their troubles. May God return to you in blessing what you gave to help others, in Jesus’ name.

Stunning Fact: Did you know that paper originated from China?

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