Tuesday, March 10, 2009
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” II Corinthians 1:3-4
We do not comfort those who are in affliction with our words, our wisdom our earthly understanding. We have the comfort of Christ, the comfort that comforts us, the Gospel message. It is this message, this Good News that we use to comfort those placed around us. Look around, there are plenty of people that need not just our temporal, earthly comfort but the eternal, heavenly comfort of Christ crucified. The comfort that our God has blessed us with, we give to those He has placed in our lives. The comfort of forgiveness is given to us in God’s Holy and living Word. The comfort of healing is given to us in the sacrament of Baptism where Christ enters our life and cleanses our sins, redeems us and gives us eternal life. The comfort of healing is given to us in sacrament of The Lord’s Supper where God gives us his Son's body and blood and the healing forgiveness that Christ won for us as He took on the sins of the world so we may rejoice in the eternal life granted to us.
I’m leery of overusing any word. However, God, through Paul’s text, assures us that the comfort we have through Christ heals all our afflictions and leaves us spotless, sinless, redeemed Children of God.
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