Last Updated on May 12, 2021 by Rayna
Blog post by: Rayna Piazza
Have you ever thought of God as the Comforter? When you lose someone you love, when you go through a tough time, what’s the one thing you need the most? Comfort.
Comfort is the act of giving strength and hope to another. It is the beginning of freedom from pain. Comfort can also be described as to ease the grief or trouble of someone. As we encounter life’s difficulties Father God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit are there to comfort us. According to 2 Corinthians, Chapter 1, Father God is full of mercy and comfort.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is the Father who is full of mercy and all comfort. 4 He comforts us every time we have trouble, so when others have trouble, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us. 5 We share in the many sufferings of Christ. In the same way, much comfort comes to us through Christ. 6 If we have troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation, and if we have comfort, you also have comfort. This helps you to accept patiently the same sufferings we have. 7 Our hope for you is strong, knowing that you share in our sufferings and also in the comfort we receive.2 Corinthians 1:3-7, NCV
I love when Paul says in verse 4, “He comforts us every time we have trouble” because it helps my heart to know that God is there for me each and every time my heart is troubled. I love even more what he says next, “…so when others have trouble, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us.” As our hearts get healed our capacity to release comfort, love, and empathy to others increases. So, we not only get healed from our pain but we gain the capacity to release the same comfort God gives us to others.
8 Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the trouble we suffered in Asia. We had great burdens there that were beyond our own strength. We even gave up hope of living. 9 Truly, in our own hearts we believed we would die. But this happened so we would not trust in ourselves but in God, who raises people from the dead.2 Corinthians 1:8-9, NCV
Paul talks about suffering so much that he thought he would die. Then he talks about the why. The sufferings happened so that they would not trust in themselves but in God, the God who raises people from the dead. In other words, we can trust in our God who has the power to raise us from the dead. So, whatever comes against you, even death, God has the power for you to overcome.
Think about your life and the pain you have encountered. Think about the situation in your life where you have suffered emotional pain. If you will let Him, Jesus will show you how to deal with the emotional pain. He will show you where He was when each situation happened. He will show you His perspective on how to heal your heart and how to move forward with your life. You just need to ask Him. Paul goes on to say…
10 God saved us from these great dangers of death, and he will continue to save us. We have put our hope in him, and he will save us again. 11 And you can help us with your prayers. Then many people will give thanks for us—that God blessed us because of their many prayers.2 Corinthians 1:10-11, NCV
God saved Paul and Timothy from the great dangers of death! Then Paul says, “…and He will continue to save us. We put our hope in Him and He will save us again.” (2 Cor. 1:10). Instead of seeing the pain and suffering in your life as something to continually hurt you, I challenge you to change your perspective and look at your pain as the catalyst to increase your trust in God. I’m not saying that God caused the pain. I’m not saying that God put this situation on you. What I am saying is that God can use the pain to heal your heart in ways you never thought possible. I speak from experience.
So, my questions to you are:
- Have you gotten to a point where you will put your hope in Him?
- Do you trust Him?
- Do you believe God can save you and heal your pain?
If you’re ready to put your hope and trust in Jesus and you believe He can save you and heal your pain then you will be saved and you will be healed. It’s as simple as that. Once you make a decision in your heart, Father God will be right there to honor His part. I believe for most things in life, Father God is just waiting for us to ask for His help. In John 14, the Holy Spirit is described in the Amplified version of the Bible as the Comforter. Check it out…
26 But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. 27 Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]John 14: 26-28, Amplified Bible
Jesus talks about the Holy Spirit in John 14:26 as the Comforter, Advocate, and Intercessor. For more on the traits of the Holy Spirit you can read my prior blog post here. But, going back to Jesus speaking in John 14, look what He says about His peace. His perfect peace will calm you in every circumstance. His perfect peace will give you courage and strength for EVERY challenge. I encourage you to ask Jesus into the place in your heart where you hurt. Ask Him to heal these areas of pain. If you feel like you have pain, but you cannot tap into it then pray and give Jesus permission to show you your pain.
Sometimes we hide our pain from ourselves (as a survival tactic) so well that we do not even realize we have a problem. I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to uncover any pain in your heart that is holding you back from your destiny. He wants to heal you. I promise you that. Remember, we are only uncovering the pain to heal our hearts. This is not a pity party or a place to complain, but rather a place to allow God to show us what’s in our hearts. As you look at the paint, I believe God will set you free.
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