Summary: How to be a comfort to those who are suffering

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Message # 5


2ND Corinthians 1:3-6

Introduction: This will be the final message I will be preaching on this subject. I believe that I said at the beginning that this series would not be an exhaustive subject. There is much more that could be said. It was not my idea to build this subject in such a way as to make you think that all the ideas and problems could be answered with these few messages.

I want to repeat a statement that I have made over and over again so that you will not misunderstand. Suffering is a universal occurrence. This world itself is suffering.

Romans 8:22

“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”

Animals as well as children suffer. Many of you saw the pictures of the pit bulls in the newspaper. But this series was not geared to the lost world, animals or children. It was geared to the suffering saint who wants a few answers. I hope you got some of the answers as you listened or read this sermon. I don’t know all the answers but I know the Lord who does.

Job had three friends that showed up at the beginning of his suffering. He told them in chapter sixteen that they were miserable comforters. If there are some good examples of bad examples on how to comfort someone, the book of Job would the place to learn all the great secrets on how not to comfort your friend.

It is my desire in this final message to try and give you some insights in how to comfort someone who is suffering. One person said people do not want to know how much you know until they know that you care.

Compassion is marvelous quality to have. Jude speaks of this in his small, yet powerful book of the New Testament.

Jude 22

“And of some have compassion, making a difference”

Let me give you a few thoughts about compassion in the life of a Christian.

1. You want it when you hurt.

2. It cost little.

3. It makes you more like Christ.

4. It may be the tool God uses to reach a lost person.

In our text we see several thoughts worth exploring as we journey toward the message of the hour.

1. Our Heavenly Father is the only source that we should need for comfort. But most of us are like the child who was afraid during the storm. He called to his mother and wanted her to sleep with him. She reminded him that the Lord was with Him. He told her he wanted some flesh and blood to comfort him.

2. When we allow the Lord to comfort us, we have ammunition to use to help others. God draws to the Word of God for comfort. That is what we ought to use when dealing with others. Your opinion is basically useless. Opinions are like noses. Most people have one.

3. We are going to suffer but if it is not because of sin, then it is in the will and control of the Lord. We can take heart that we have a Saviour who suffered and understands our suffering.

We are to be one who can comfort others. It is part of the growing up process that Paul gives us in Romans chapter twelve. Romans 12:15

“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”

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