This was sent to me from a friend this morning! Little did my friend know how timely her video and kind words were. The Lord is so good and uses people to minister to His children when we are hurting, sending comfort through our friends.
Today, my heart hurts, I was reminded yesterday of a happy memory probably the happiest in my marriage to my ex-husband. A friend innocently mentioned they were having dinner at an italian restaurant. It was the Italian restaurant where he presented me with a beautiful diamond ring and asked me to marry him all over again, we did not have the money for an engagement ring when he proposed the first time. It was made even more special to hear his words of love and devotion, watching him getting down on one knee while presenting me with this beautiful gift.
My heart hurts because years later he chose his fleshly desires instead of humbling himself and restoring our marriage. He took the easy way out and divorced me instead of facing his sin. It was an abrupt and easy way for him, but the hardest thing for me, no closure, no communication. So, today, my heart hurts, but I know my pain is temporary and fleeting. I have a God who loves me and will be faithful to comfort me in my pain.
One of the reasons that suffering has value is experienced by those who can say with conviction, “I know how you feel. I’ve been in your shoes.” Suffering prepares us to minister comfort to others who are suffering.
Feeling isolated is one of the hardest parts of suffering. It can feel like you’re all alone in your pain, and that makes it so much worse. The comfort of those who have known that same pain is inexpressible. It feels like a warm blanket being draped around your soul. But in order for someone to say those powerful words—”I know just how you feel because I’ve been there”—that person had to walk through the same difficult valley first.
Suffering often develops compassion and mercy in us. I have found in my life, through this experience, those who suffer tend to have tender hearts toward others who are in pain. We can comfort others with the comfort that we have received from God (2 Cor. 1:4) because we have experienced the reality of the Holy Spirit being there for us, walking alongside us in our pain. Then we can turn around and walk alongside others in their pain, showing them the compassion that our own suffering has produced in us.
Ministering saints are very precious to God! We have all been given the power to minister and refresh a hurting believer, as my friend did unbeknownest to her with this video and words of encouragement. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s urgings, when you suddenly think of someone, reach out to them. Pray that the Lord will give you discernment to know when people are hurting. Pray for divine appointments, where God can use you to minister to His people. There is nothing better than realizing the Lord used you to comfort one of His own.
Romans 15:2 says,“We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord”