How do you comfort someone?
What does ‘being comforted’ look like?
One way to comfort is to speak tenderly [literally, speak to the heart]. It is like softly saying to a crying child, “Come here little one,” wiping the tears from his/her eyes and giving a them a hug.
Whatever you do or say, it must minister comfort to the heart of the one afflicted.
By the way, have you ever tried to comfort someone who was afflicted with either physical pain or emotional suffering?
Was it easy? Was it hard?
In my experiences, it was never easy.
My husband Steve and I once paid a pastoral visit to one family who were saying their goodbyes to the Wife and Mother of the household after a horrific battle with cancer.
We both knew that it was not the time for a theological speech explaining why “bad things happen to us.” We were there as the loving comfort of Christ and His arms of compassion.
So, how do you comfort someone?
Of course, we can do that with God’s word of assurance and hope!
We can also comfort people by being empathetic (being in their shoes) with them.
By being sympathetic with them (suffering together).
By simply “being there” for them. (A kind presence).
A lot of times you don’t even need to say a single word.
Just be there. Your presence will speak volumes.
During this Holy Christmas Season, let us all make it an intentional point to reach out to at least one person who is afflicted and speak to their hearts in the name of Jesus.
May the thrill of Hope stir their hearts to know of the Savior who came to comfort them in their sorrow, addictions, upheavals and fears.
And may we who do know Him, fall on our knees in adoration and humble thanksgiving over His lavish and patient love, extended towards us, with Mercy and bright, cleansing, fiery Grace.
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us,” 2 Corinthians 1:4.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.