Grace Comforts

IMG_08992Corinthians 1:2-3 Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all Comfort.

Read: 1Peter 4:8-11, 2 Cor. 1:1-3, Ephesians 4:7, Ephesians 4:29, 1Peter  3:7   We are to use God’s gift of his grace to us, to demonstrate his love and grace to others.  So that others will see God’s grace by our actions, even if they have not been exposed to God’s word yet.  This may make them hungry for God.  Even though they may not respond the way in which we would like, we are to be obedient, and do all things with the words, and abilities given to us by God.  We are to set a good example to others, for instance, if you are calling yourself Christian, then act in a Christian manner, so that you are not reflecting negatively on the Christian faith, or misrepresenting God’s nature to others.  We should always be striving to extend God’s love and gift of grace through us to others.  Take it as a challenge this week to look for people around you who are in need of comfort and attention and try to share the grace that God has given to you with them.  It may be something as simple as having a cup of coffee or tea with them and a bit of conversation to show them that they have not been forgotten by the world.  Sometimes God can use us to comfort people, it is not wrong to be intentional in our actions toward others.  People are drawn to God many times through the simplest things in life.

Read Mark 5:21-43  The story of the woman who touched Jesus robe, and was healed, and the story of Jesus bringing the daughter of Jairus back to life.   In both cases Jesus offered comfort through the healing power of grace.  When the woman touched His robe and was healed through faith, Jesus turned and asked who touched Him (probably to show that He, Himself had taken no intentional direct action) it was her faith that truly healed her.  He also was offering her the comfort of knowing that her being healed by touching Him without permission was okay.  When He was requested to heal Jairus’ daughter, He went along to heal her even when the servants caused Jairus to consider that  she was beyond hope of being healed.  Notice that in the story Jesus didn’t have any unfaithful people in the room when He healed Jairus’ daughter.  Her healing was another method of offering comfort through grace to Jairus.

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