Passing On What We Receive

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 —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 receive from God.

The secular world has popularized “random acts of kindness” as a way to pay forward kindnesses that one receives.  It leaves the receiver of a kindness awed and inspired to do something nice for someone else and the giver feels good at having given away something of themselves to benefit another.  The classic examples include plugging someone’s parking meter that is about to expire, or quietly paying for the coffee drinks for the person behind you in line.

There is nothing random about how God the Father approaches us “in all our troubles.”  He is quite intentional in His comforting of all His people; it isn’t just kindness bestowed in a random way.  His compassion means we are never abandoned to trouble.  He is beside us at all times.

We are asked to respond in the same way, coming alongside “those in any trouble” overflowing with the comfort we have been shown from God.  This is also intentional; comfort is not just ours to receive and keep but it is ours to give.  We are comforted even more so knowing we are sharing as God intended when He shared the Comforter with us on Christmas Day.

E. Gibson

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