A Blanket Statement

“Comfort ye my people” (Isaiah 40:1)

The Holy Spirit is our comforter. Four times in the Gospel of John does Jesus refer to the Holy Spirit as such. Numerous times throughout the Old and New Testaments does the word “comfort” appear. God wants us to be sure that we know His comfort, whatever our situation or circumstance may be. Jesus expressed His desire to “gather Jerusalem’s children to Him as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.” (Luke 13:34) He also expressed dismay at their refusal to allow Him to do so.

Whatever suffering you may be going through, Jesus takes it very personally. He suffered on our behalf so that He could comfort us through our own. And as we allow Him to comfort us, we will be able to do the same for others. This is exactly how Paul says it should be done:

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

So how do we comfort others as it says in the above verse? Start with the simple, everyday interactions you have with people. Listen to the “still, small voice” (1 Kings 19:12) of the Holy Spirit and His leading. Has God revealed Himself to you in a way that you can, in turn, show to someone else? “Whatever He saith unto you, do it.” (John 2:5)

Or, you (and the Holy Spirit) could just make them a blanket.

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