“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV
We serve the Father of mercies and God of all comfort and because of that we too are able to comfort those around us who are hurting. These verses reveal to me even more the generosity of God’s heart and how much He desires the world to know His love.
Our heavenly Father does not grudgingly pour out His mercy upon us or reluctantly love us through our trials. It is who He is. When we are dealing with financial stress, illness, confrontation, or difficulty at our jobs, God is always available with open arms waiting for us to come to Him.
He is never selfish and He doesn’t want us to be either. Once we are comforted we then are able to help others; He is not asking us to give anything we haven’t already freely received ourselves.
The knowledge of God’s forgiveness, love, mercy, and comfort should not be a secret, once we’ve received it we are called to go share it with others.
When you face tribulation, know that God is there to comfort you. I believe it should also be our continual prayer for God to reveal to us who we could comfort or help as we go about our day. The Holy Spirit is our ultimate comforter but the Lord still sends people to encourage and uplift others.
Know today that whatever you are going through, God is our Father of mercy and comfort and He has enabled you to show His love to others who are also in need.
As humans, even as born again believers, it can be hard for us to understand total forgiveness because that is something most people struggle with today.
It’s easy for us to remember things from the past and get upset again, even when we told the person who hurt us that we forgave them. Some people will go their entire lives holding a grudge against their parents, an old friend, a previous spouse, or an employer who wronged them because even though they forgave the person, they never let go of the situation or moved on from the hurt.
This is why it can be difficult to go to God for forgiveness when we mess up – because we’re so bad at that ourselves.
God is more forgiving, graceful, and merciful than we ever could be though! He does not reluctantly forgive us as we do at times with family and friends in our own lives, but He willingly and happily forgives us so nothing stands in the way of our fellowship with Him.
Psalm 86:5 says, “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” (NIV) This verse assures us that if we call upon the Lord we will receive love and forgiveness in return.
Remember when you’ve messed up that God wants you to call out to Him for forgiveness, and when someone hurts you remember all that you’ve been forgiven of, this will help encourage you to extend that same mercy to others.
I challenge you to think about how good God truly is for forgiving us of our sins and to make it your aim to forgive and forget quickly!
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” ~ Ephesians 4:32 NKJV
God doesn’t do anything partially. He doesn’t give us one step of direction for His plan and then tell us to come up with the rest. He doesn’t partially heal us. He will never give you only half the finances you need. He is always fully there to love, forgive, guide, provide, and heal.
Knowing this allows us to completely put our trust in God. When you know that He will be faithful in every situation then there is no reason to not give Him our all and trust Him and His Word.
It can be our default to come up with a backup plan even when we’ve prayed and asked God to help us. With God, you don’t need a backup plan. He will always come through for you 100%. When we proclaim His powerful Word and use the authority we have in the name of Jesus, whatever we pray about will be answered fully and on time (John 14:14).
Our heavenly Father never wants to halfway bless us, which secures the belief in us that when we pray, God will take care of our entire need/desire, not just part of it.
This is why we can make God our source without being fearful or doubtful. The Lord can make a way through every situation and provide us with everything we need, not only physically or financially, but also mentally and relationally. When God is our source we know we have everything we need and there is no reason for a backup plan.
Does it ever feel like you are struggling to hear God’s voice? You’ve prayed but now you’re waiting on an answer or sense of direction.
When this happens it often is not that God hasn’t answered us yet, we just need to focus on Him and listen.
So how can we better hear God speak to us?
Get quiet before God. When you’re speaking with someone do you do all of the talking? Hopefully not. We give the other person time to talk back to us during the conversation and talking to God is no different. When you are praying, don’t say all you think you need to say then go on with your day, give God time to speak back to you before you rush off. He will guide you when you give Him your attention and the opportunity to speak.
Spend time in the Word. God is always speaking to us because He gave us His written Word! The Bible is no ordinary book, it is alive, powerful, and active (Hebrews 4:12). When we spend time reading the Bible it not only helps us recognize God’s voice and character but also helps us remember scripture to make wise decisions. Knowing the Word of God allows us to act in a situation without always seeking God first because He already gave us direction through His Word.
Always trust your heavenly Father. To hear from God it is important to realize that He wants to speak to us and reveal His plan to us for our lives. At times it can feel like we’re pulling on God to tell us what we need to do as if He is reluctant to tell us but that is never the case. Our Father loves us and wants us to seek His plan and walk in it, He wants us to be in His will and fulfilling our purpose.
When you give your attention to God allowing Him time to speak to you, read His great Word, and fully put your trust in Him and the fact that He does desire for you to live out the plan He has for you, you will surely hear His voice.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” ~ John 10:27 NKJV