Pass it along …

Once during Queen Victoria’s reign, she heard the wife of a common laborer had lost her baby. Having experienced deep sorrow herself, and the comfort from loved ones who cared, she felt moved to express her sympathy. So she called on the bereaved woman and spent some time with her. After she left, the neighbors asked what the queen had said.

“Nothing,” replied the grieving mother, “She simply put her hands on mine, and we silently wept together.”

Once you’ve experienced being comforted during difficult times — especially the comfort we receive from God — you can’t just sit by and watch others suffer alone. It’s God’s design that as we are comforted by Him, that we pass along to others the comforting we have received.

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 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 has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer,” 2 Corinthians 1:3-6.

Do you share the comfort of Christ you have received with others who are hurting? How can you be a comfort to others on behalf of Christ?