Today’s Promise is 2 Corinthians 1:3-4:
“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 receive from God.”
This fallen world is fraught with suffering, emotional, physical, and spiritual. Especially for followers of Christ. But our Father is the Father of Compassion. And in His compassion, He sent His Son to experience that suffering for Himself. Not so He could show us how easy it is to endure, but to transform His compassion into empathy. It’s one thing to see someone in pain and feel bad for them, but it’s even more powerful to know the pain that person is going through, because you’ve been there yourself. Jesus has been there. We know that when we hurt, He hurts with us and comforts us through that pain. We never have to suffer alone. Comforting others can be painful and even inconvenient. But it is because of God’s empathy toward us, that we can be open to the suffering of others, sharing each other’s pain and bearing one another’s burdens. Comforting one another, just as our Savior comforts us. His grace is sufficient.
Heavenly Father, I don’t like pain and suffering. But that is our lot while we are bound to this world. I ask you, Lord, in Jesus’ name, for an extra measure of grace to bear the burdens of my brothers and sisters and comfort them, as You comfort me. Amen.
Have a victorious day in the Lord!