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Your personal relationship with Jesus: Be comforted and comfort others – 2 Corinthians 1-4

Divine Note #7 – Feb. 16, 2009

It’s not about me. As I grow in my relationship with the Lord, I realize that there are so many people who desperately need the love and comfort of Jesus Christ that we are all called to share. In verse 4, Paul tells us that our God comforts us in our affliction so that we may comfort others in their time of need.

It’s so easy to go about our daily, busy lives and not think of those close to us who may need a comforting word. Maybe it says something about our society that even while we’re so connected by technology such as cell phones, computers and e-mails; we are still very much in need of a friendly voice or hug to comfort us during a valley period. Do you ever find yourself e-mailing or texting with family and closest friends and then realizing that you don’t really know what’s going on in their lives? Welcome to my world. Technology has made our lives so much less personal.

If our friends and family feel like they can’t get enough of our time, what about those people that God put in our lives? People in our Sunday school class, our pastors and the people who work at church, our neighbors, our co-workers, the people in our hobby or sport clubs and others whose lives we touch need comfort. Make no mistake; the people around us need the light of Jesus Christ that only we can share. Take time to reply to an e-mail when someone asks for prayer. If you need comfort, reach out and ask for prayer.

My spiritual pastor, Dr. Charles Stanley, says that no Christian has ever been called to “go it alone” in his or her walk of faith (Hebrews 10:24, 25). It’s all part of the importance of staying connected to other Christians when we accept God’s free gift of salvation. As I’ve shared, I’m very sensitive about telling people my business even though God keeps pulling me out of that comfort zone. Please don’t think you need to spill your guts when you ask for prayer. Just call someone and say, “Please pray for me, God knows that I need His love right now.” When two or more are gathered in His name, there is no greater power (Matthew 18:19, 20)!

So next time you are feeling down or need an encouraging word, pick up the cell phone and: 1) Tell someone that you need to hear a kind word or prayer, 2) Comfort someone else just as the Lord has comforted you. He has been there in our valley periods, so we can be there for others who need us. It’s not about us.

This week reach out and give someone a big God Hug!
Love,

Blanca


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