Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 29, 2011

Passing Comfort

2Co 1:4 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.


We met some friends we haven’t seen for many years.  While talking, they both said how much it meant, and still means, that my husband sat with her husband while she was undergoing open heart surgery.  My husband didn’t think it was anything irregular or special to sit with a friend.  He certainly didn’t know it meant so much that it still comforts them many years later.  We have no idea how our actions can impact others.  They can impact in two ways: negatively or positively.  The choice is really ours.  We must learn to put ourselves in the others’ shoes and reach out the way we would like if we were in their situation.  At the same time, we need to understand not everyone has the same needs or reacts the same.  I’ve found when I pray about how to reach out to someone, God is faithful to give me the wisdom needed in the situation.  It may be just a smile or listening ear or sitting with someone for a time like my husband did. It doesn’t take great works to have an impact on someone else’s life.   Usually, people just want to know someone else cares.  Let’s keep our eyes and ears open to the needs around us and pass on the comfort God gives us.


Pray Scripture 3

Eze 36:27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.


This is the third verse I pray for myself, my family and a short list of others in my church.  I don’t know about you but I need all the help I can get to keep the decrees and laws God has given us in His written Word, the Holy Bible.  All too often I put my own desires and comforts ahead of making myself available to God and what He might want to do through me, It’s not that God is ultra legalistic and wants us to keep His decrees and laws for their sake.  He has given us those decrees and laws because He knows they are best for us.  Following them keeps us in a closer relationship with God and with others.  Following them keeps us a peace with God, with others and with ourselves.    I ask Him daily to put His Spirit in me and move me to follow Him in all I do, think and say each day.




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