The Comforter Who Never Fails

2 Corinthians 1: 4, “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God gives us.” (NLT)

John 14: 26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy [Spirit], whom the Father will send in My name, he will teach you all things, bring things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you.” (KJV)

While it is true that a measure of comfort can be afforded to other’s by our mere presence and loving words, truly healing comfort comes by the power of the Holy Spirit within us. God looks upon hearts and is able to discern our deepest needs; He knows exactly the words, actions, or amount of attentive listening that will console a grieving or troubled heart. So, as believers, if we need to discern how be present with someone, we have only to listen to the Spirit within us for discernment and sensitivity to their needs. Perhaps he will lead us to pray, take a walk with them, actively listen, weep with them, or any number of things that the Holy Spirit can bring to our minds.

2 Corinthians 1:4 implies that we are best equipped to comfort others when we have allowed the Holy Spirit to console us when we ourselves have been in need of comfort. As with all things from the Lord, it is necessary to cooperate with what He is doing and receive by faith; then, we will be able from experience to turn around and share with others in their time of need.