Giving And Receiving Comfort During Pains of Illness

“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (Psalm 119:50)

How encouraging it is to have doctors and nurses that understand and practice comforting words to their patients. But how terrible it is to look for comfort from such people and only get cold words or indifference. So it is it with any situation that hungers for comfort.

God brings us comfort in many ways. Sometimes He uses certain people, or events, or changes in circumstances to encourage us. At other times it is simply a feeling in our spirit that God is with us, perhaps His Holy Spirit whispering into our heart that everything will work out fine.

I think that there are times we are so busy or preoccupied that we really don’t give much thought to the idea of giving or receiving comfort. But let our circumstances toss us into a stressful or difficult situation, and then comfort becomes all important.

We will need comfort throughout our lives, and it is always good to be ready to give comfort and encouragement to others. A kind word or gesture, or a listening ear can make all the difference. We may never know how much a kind act can help someone in need of comfort.

Afflictions, hardships, illnesses and diseases can take a toll on us and leave us injured not only without, but within our souls. Sometimes we are afflicted due to the action or inaction of others. Sometimes life throws hardship in our path and leaves us worn and weary and wounded. Whatever the cause, we need comfort for our souls.

If you are in need of comfort, allow yourself to accept comfort from others, be willing to engage other people, be willing to reach out to others, and encourage them when they need comforting. Indeed, comforting others may be the salve you need for your own wounded soul.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for comforting us in our afflictions, and help us to be aware of others in need of comforting and encouragement. Amen.

About the author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He is blessed to know the God of all comfort.

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Are you in need of comfort for your wounds? Have you tried to comfort and encourage others?

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