Respond with comfort and compassion

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 Cor. 1:4

So many people need to be comforted right now.  In essence, God has partially outsourced compassion and comfort to human beings. Our impulse to help others comes from the image of His love and compassion in us. It comes from remembering how it feels to be comforted. His love becomes tangible as we reach out to comfort and help hurting people. We develop the art of comforting as when we experience God’s comfort directly, when we receive God’s comfort through the love of other human beings, and when we witness it being given to others in need. Reaching out can come in the form of our time, labor, resources, money, encouragement, companionship, and/or prayer. There is no one way or “right” way to comfort and help. Sometimes our best response is supporting those who can help most effectively. Let us comfort in whatever ways God inspires us.

Lord, help me deliver compassion and comfort in ways that reveal Your love.