Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
This verse has always had a special meaning to me. You know those times when you cry out to God, “WHY are You allowing this to happen to me?” Sometimes I’ve found that this verse is the only response. He is allowing me to go through this situation so that later I will be better able to comfort others going through the same situation.
It’s called compassion. It’s that instantaneous, sympathetic awareness of what others’ are going through along with the desire to alleviate their distress.
It’s the power of being able to say: I’ve been there. I got through it. God will get you through it too.
To the woman who has suffered the loss of a pregnancy.
To the person who suddenly finds themself out of work.
To the couple going through a time of betrayal and distrust.
To the individual grieving over the death of a loved one.
Those are the times that we’re not looking for advice or answers. Really all we want is a knowing look, a squeeze of the hand and that thread of common experience that binds us.
God doesn’t promise us that in following Him we will be free from troubles. James 1:2 actually says, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.” He doesn’t say if, he says when.
It’s not fun. It’s not my preference.
However, it is comforting to know that in walking through times of trial and tribulation I will have another area to connect with my fellow-man. I will have another opportunity to share how God showed His love for me despite my circumstances and how He will do the same for others.
I have gained compassion.