2 corinthians 1.4 (niv), GOD comforts us in our troubles so that we can comfort those in trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received.
if you’ve never struggled with any weakness, you probably don’t have much of a ministry. most people have pain. GOD comforts us in our problems. and we can turn around and comfort others with the same comfort we’ve been given.
who could better help somebody who’s going through a divorce, than somebody who’s had a husband or wife walk out on them and leave them for somebody else? they know that sting of rejection.
who could better help somebody who’s just been devastated by unemployment than somebody who’s went through that? who after 20-30 years of faithful service was canned?
who could better help somebody with an addiction than somebody who’s had an addiction and JESUS CHRIST helped them with it?
who could better help somebody with a down syndrome child than somebody who had a down syndrome child?
who could better minister to a family who’s had a teenage son or daughter go off the deep end, get into drugs, have a teen pregnancy than somebody who went through that very experience themselves?
GOD never wastes a hurt. GOD will use the thing in your life that you are most ashamed of, most embarrassed by, most heartbroken over to encourage other people if you’ll learn to admit it, see what GOD wants to do in it, be healed yourself through it and begin to share it with others.
just a thought from the front porch…