2 Corinthians 1:3 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”
When we have felt something and can express that exact feeling to someone else, this is called empathy, and our empathy with the feeling of another, the pain of another, has a very profound and powerful effect on them.
We know that most of us will never ever experience the pain and suffering our Jesus has endured for us on the cross, in any level: be it physical, emotional, or spiritual. The good news is that He overcame it all! He can empathize with every pain and every suffering we go through in our lives, because He has felt it all!
And that is why we have to come to him with a heart of gratitude and praise, which is what the Apostle Paul did. He said: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 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.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
Our God is the God of ALL comfort, the God of ALL mercies. He can comfort us and be merciful to us so that ‘we can comfort those in trouble’, thus, empathizing with someone else’s pain.
Let’s be VESSELS filled with God’s comfort and mercies, and compassion, and love, and kindness. “For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ OUR COMFORT OVERFLOWS.” (2 Corinthians 1:5).
“Father God, make us Your vessels, fill us up with Your comfort, Your mercies, so that through us others may experience Who You are. In Jesus’ name, Amen!”