"And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother."(John 11:19)
"Comfort" After the death of Lazarus, friends in the community came to comfort the family that had experienced the tragedy of the loss of a loved one.
The word comfort means to console or encourage. When we suffer the loss of a love one, we need a support group around us to help us get through this difficult time. As a preacher, the saddest funeral service that you can be a part of is when someone doesn't have a big family or support group of any kind. I've often said that there are more benefits to being a part of a church family than just hearing a sermon on Sunday mornings. When you suffer, it's a wonderful thing to have a group of spiritually minded people around you that know how to pray for you. When we suffer this kind of loss, we become very vulnerable to emotional outburst from one end of the spectrum to the other. One moment you can be laughing and without warning, weeping the next. If you haven't lost a love one but yet you have suffered a very traumatic event and are very emotional due to toxic memories, God wants to comfort you today as well. As a Spiritual Leader, I normally advise people to stay in complete control of their emotions rather than allowing your emotions to be a dictator. "He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls."(Proverbs 25:28). We should be able to maintain control of our selves at all times but when we suffer loss, especially the loss of a loved one, we must let our emotions cleanse us. Our emotional man is an outlet of relief, so during this time, just let your emotions go and you will begin to heal. You will know when it is time to regain control of your emotions and God will give you the grace you need to do so at the proper time. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."(Phillippians 4:13) God can and will give you the strength to walk through the valley of the shadow of death and give you the comfort to smile again. I know that today you think that you will never smile again but you will because God heals the broken hearted. "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."(2 Corinthians 1:3-4). God brings COMFORT to His children which ultimately brings healing, stability and balance back to your emotional man!!
Scott L. Boatner
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