Comfort
COMFORT

COMFORT

 

1. The Lord will help & comfort you:

A. His promises of comfort:

                Psa.71:21                Thou shalt...comfort me on every side

                Psa.86:17                Thou, Lord, hast holpen me, & comforted me

                Psa.91:15                I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him

                Psa.116:6                I was brought low, & He helped me

                Psa.138:7a              Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me

                Isa.42:6   I the Lord...will hold thine hand, & will keep thee

                Isa.43:2   When thou passest through waters, I will be with thee

                Isa.49:13 The Lord hath comforted His people, & will have mercy upon His afflicted

                Isa.51:12,13            I, even I, am He that comforteth you

                Isa.66:13 As one his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you

                Jn.14:18  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you

                Jn.14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: believe...in Me

                2Cor.1:3  Blessed be God...the Father of mercies, & the God of all comfort

                2Cor.7:6  God...comforteth those that are cast down

                2Thes.2:16,17        Our Lord Jesus Christ...which hath loved us, & given us everlasting consolation...comfort your hearts

                (See also Psa.103:6; Phi.2:1,2.)

B. The Lord is always with you to comfort you:

                Psa.121:4                He that keepeth [thee] shall neither slumber nor sleep

                2Cor.1:4  (He) comforteth us in all our tribulation

C. The Holy Spirit, the "Comforter", will comfort you:

                Jn.14:26  The Comforter...is the Holy Ghost

                Jn.15:26  The Comforter...Whom I will send unto you from (God)

                Jn.14:16,17             (God) shall give you a Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit...shall be in you

                Acts 9:31               Then had the churches rest...in the comfort of the Holy Ghost

 

2. How to receive God's comfort:

A. Pray & ask for His help:

                2Chr.15:4                When they in their trouble...sought (God), He was found of them

                Psa.34:17                The righteous cry, & the Lord heareth, & delivereth them out of all their troubles

                Psa.86:7  In the day of my trouble I will call upon Thee: for Thou wilt answer me

                Psa.119:76              Let, I pray, Thy merciful kindness be for my comfort

                Psa.145:18,19         The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him

                Phi.4:6,7 By prayer...let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God...shall keep your hearts

                Heb.4:16 Come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, & find grace to help in time of need

B. Examples of King David's prayers seeking comfort:

                (See Psa.31:9-12; 38:9; 51:all; 69:1,2; 102:1-7.)

C. Read & meditate on God's Word:

                Psa.119:50              This is my comfort in my affliction: for Thy Word hath quickened me

                Rom.15:4                (Word) written...that we through patience & comfort of the Scriptures might have hope

D. Stay obedient & close to Him:

                Jn.8:29    The Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him

                Psa.103:17,18         The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him

E. Continue trusting & have patience:

                Gen.28:15               [God tells Jacob:] I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of

                Psa.42:3-11            Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him

                Psa.119:81-83        I hope in Thy Word. When wilt Thou comfort me? For I am become like a bottle in the smoke

                Heb.10:35,36a        Cast not away...your confidence...ye have need of patience, that, after...ye might receive the promise

F. Remind yourself of God's past miracles & mercies:

                Psa.77:1-12            My spirit was over whelmed...This is my infirmity: but I will remember the works of the Lord

                Psa.119:52              I remembered Thy judgments of old, O Lord; & have comforted myself

G. Encourage & remind yourself of God's faithfulness:

                1Sam.30:6               David was greatly distressed...but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God

H. Remember, God will never forsake you...

                Isa.49:14,15,16       [They] said, The Lord hath forsaken me, & forgotten me. Yet will I not forget thee

                Psa.31:22                I said in my haste, I am cut off from before Thine eyes: [but] Thou heardest...when I cried unto Thee

                Psa.9:9,10               They that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou hast not forsaken them that seek Thee

                Mat.28:20b            I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world

                2Tim.2:13               [Even] if we believe not, yet He abideth faithful

                Heb.13:5 I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee

                (See also Isa.54:10)

I. ...Unless you grievously rebel & forsake Him:

                2Chr.15:2                The Lord is with you, while ye be with Him...but if ye forsake Him, He will forsake you (1Chr.28:9)

J. Even then, He will not permanently forsake you:

                Isa.54:7,8                For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee

K. Trust & completely commit yourself into His hands:

                Rom.8:28                All things work...for good to them that love God

                1Pet.4:19                Let them that suffer...commit the keeping of their souls to Him...as unto a faithful Creator

L. He will keep you:

                2Tim.1:12b             (I) am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him

                Psa.23:4  Thy rod & Thy staff they comfort [& protect] me

                Psa.37:5  Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him

                Psa.55:22                Cast thy burden upon the Lord, & He shall sustain thee

                Psa.138:8                The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me

                Phi.1:6    He which hath begun a good work in you will perform (complete) it until the day of Jesus Christ

                1Thes.5:24             Faithful is He that calleth you, Who...will do it

                1Pet.5:7  Casting all your care on Him; for He careth for you

 

3. God loves you & cares for you:

A. He knows every tear you've shed:

                2Ki.20:5  I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears

                Psa.56:8  Put my tears in Thy bottle: are they not in Thy book? (See also Mk.9:24)

B. He knows exactly what you're experiencing:

                Exo.3:7    I have seen the affliction of My people...& have heard their cry...I know their sorrows

                Psa.103:13,14         The Lord pitieth (us)...for He knoweth our frame

                Isa.53:4   He hath borne our griefs, & carried our sorrows

                Isa.63:9   In all their affliction He was afflicted

                Heb.4:15 Touched with the feeling of our infirmities...(He) was in all points tempted like as we are

C. Though He chastises us, He loves & comforts:

                Psa.30:5  His anger endureth but a moment...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning

                Psa.71:20                Thou, which hast showed me great & sore troubles, shalt quicken (make alive) me again

                Psa.103:9                He will not always chide; neither...keep His anger forever

                Isa.12:1   Though Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, & Thou comfortedst me

                Lam.3:31-33           Though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion

                (See also Hos.6:1-3)

 

4. God's loving hands uphold you:

A. His hands are always there, supporting you:

                Deut.33:27             Underneath are the everlasting arms

                Psa.145:14              The Lord upholdeth all that fall, & raiseth up all those that be bowed down

                Psa.37:17                The Lord upholdeth the righteous

                Psa.37:24                Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand

                Isa.41:10 I am with thee: be not dismayed; I will uphold thee with (My) right hand

                Isa.63:9   In His love & pity He...bare them, & carried them

B. ...Even in distant lands & lonesome situations:

                Psa.139:8b             If I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there

                Psa.139:9-12          If I...dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall Thy hand...hold me

                Mat.28:20b            I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world

 

5. If you feel you're in the dark, trust in God for light:

                Isa.50:10 Who is among you...that walketh in darkness, & hath no light? let him trust in the Lord

                Isa.42:16 I will make darkness light before them, &...not forsake them

                Psa.18:28                The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness

                Psa.112:4                Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: He is gracious, & full of compassion

                Mic.7:8b When I sit in darkness, Lord shall be a light unto me

                (See also Isa.58:10,11)

 

6. Look on the bright side:

A. You're blessed, so be joyful & happy:

                Mat.5:10-12           Blessed are ye, when men shall revile & persecute you. Rejoice & be exceeding glad

                Jn.16:33  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world

                2Cor.7:4b               I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation

                Phi.4:4    Rejoice in the Lord alway: & again I say, Rejoice

                1Pet.4:12,13           Rejoice...ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings

B. Happy days will come again:

                Isa.51:11,12a          The redeemed of the Lord shall...obtain gladness & joy; & sorrow & mourning shall flee away

                1Thes.4:15-18        [Jesus will soon come to take us to Heaven] Comfort one another with these words (See also 5:10,11)

                (See also Isa.40:2; 52:9; 57:16-18; Jer.31:12-14; Zech.1:12-17.)

C. Sorrow will soon be gone:

                Job 11:16                Thou shalt forget thy misery, & remember it as waters that pass away

                Psa.30:5  Weeping may endure a night, but joy cometh in morning

                Psa.30:11                Thou put off my sackcloth, & girded me with gladness

                Isa.49:13 Sing...be joyful...break forth into singing: for the Lord hath comforted His people...His afflicted

                Isa.54:11 O thou afflicted...& not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours

D. Think about & be thankful for His comforts:

                Psa.94:19                In the multitude of my thoughts within me Thy comforts delight my soul

E. We are blessed; most unsaved people have no comforter:

                Eccl.4:1   Behold the tears of such as were oppressed, & they had no comforter

 

7. Why & how to comfort one another:

A. Sometimes you need the help of others:

                Jer.8:18   When I would comfort myself...my heart is faint

                2Cor.2:7  Ye ought...to comfort him, lest (he) be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow

                (See also Eccl.4:9,10,12)

B. We should comfort one another:

                Gen.37:34,35a        And all his (Jacob's) sons & daughters rose up to comfort him (See also 1Chr.7:22; Job 2:11.)

                Isa.40:1   Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith your God

                Isa.61:1,2                The Spirit of the Lord is upon me...He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted...comfort all that mourn

                Isa.61:3   Give unto them beauty for ashes, oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for spirit of heaviness

                1Cor.12:25              In the body...the members should have the same care one for another

                2Cor.2:8  I beseech you that ye confirm your love toward him

                2Cor.7:6  God...comforted us by the coming of Titus [a fellowlabourer] (See also Eph.6:22; Col.4:7,8; 1Thes.3:2.)

                2Cor.7:13                We were comforted...(Titus') spirit was refreshed by you

                Gal.6:2    Bear ye one another's burdens, & so fulfill the law of Christ

                Col.2:2    Hearts...comforted, being knit together in love

                Col.4:11  My fellow-workers...which have been a comfort unto me

                1Thes.5:11             Comfort yourselves together, & edify one another

                1Thes.5:14             Comfort the feebleminded (fainthearted, timid)

C. How to comfort others:

                Gen.50:21b             (Joseph) comforted them, & spake kindly unto them

                Ruth 2:13               Thou hast comforted me...thou hast spoken (kindly)

                Pro.17:22a              A merry heart doeth good like a medicine

                Pro.27:9  Ointment & perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel

                1Thes.2:11             We...comforted...you, as a father doth his children

                Rom.12:15b            Weep with them that weep

D. Use your own experiences to comfort them:

                2Cor.1:4  That we may be able to comfort (others) in trouble, by the comfort wherewith we are comforted of God

                Psa.66:12,16           I will declare what He hath done for my soul

E. The comforting, consoling power of inspired music:

                Psa.32:7  Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance

                Psa.42:5-8              My soul is cast down within me...yet...in the night His song shall be with me

                1Sam.16:14-16       An evil spirit...troubleth thee. [A musician] shall play... & thou shalt be well (See also vs.23)

                Pro.25:20                [Caution: Make sure you sing fitting songs]

F. Encouraging words of prophecy are a comfort:

                1Cor.14:3                He that prophesieth speaketh unto men to...comfort

G. When words fail, just being there is a help:

                Job 2:13  They sat down with him...& none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great

                Col.2:2    Hearts...comforted, being knit together in love

H. Make sure you are comforting, not condemning:

                Job 16:2-5              Miserable comforters are ye all. [Job said if they were in his place, he would have comforted them]

 

8. When abandoned, suffering heartbreak or loss:

A. Even when all others leave you, you'll always have the Lord:

                2Tim.4:16,17          All men forsook me...notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, & strengthened me

                Psa.27:10                When father & mother forsake me, Lord will take me up

                Psa.34:22                None of them that trust in Him shall be desolate

                Psa.142:4,5             Refuge failed me; No man cared for my soul. Thou art my refuge & my portion in the land of the living

                Isa.54:1,5,6             The Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken & grieved in spirit...when thou wast refused

                Isa.54:10 The mountains shall depart...but My kindness shall not depart from thee

                Heb.13:5 He hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee

B. His special care for the brokenhearted:

                Psa.34:18                The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart

                Psa.51:17                A broken & a contrite heart...Thou wilt not despise

                Psa.61:2  When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I

                Psa.147:3                He healeth the broken in heart, & bindeth up their wounds

                Ezk.34:16                I...will bind up that which was broken

                Isa.61:1   He hath sent Me (Jesus) to bind up the brokenhearted

                Lk.4:18    He hath sent Me (Jesus) to heal the brokenhearted

                (See also Isa.57:15)

C. When suffering bereavement over the loss of a loved one:

                2Sam.12:15-23       [When David's sick child died, he stopped fasting & weeping, saying:] I shall go to him [in Heaven]

                1Cor.15:17-21        [Jesus is raised from the dead, therefore our loved ones also live, & we are not to be miserable]

                1Thes.4:13             Concerning them which are asleep (departed)...sorrow not, as others which have no hope

                1Thes.4:14-18        The dead in Christ shall rise...we shall be...with them... comfort one another with these words

D. It is much better for them to be with the Lord:

                2Cor.5:8  We are...willing rather to be absent from the body, & to be present with the Lord

                Phi.1:23  Desire to depart...to be with Christ...is far better

                Rev.7:16,17            [The happiness of our departed loved ones in Heaven]

E. When suffering remorse over mistakes or sins:

                (See Psa.31:9-24; 38:1-22; 51:all; Lam.1:20a; Lk.18:13,14; 2Cor.2:6-8. Also compare Mat.26:69-75 & Mk.16:6,7.)

 

9. Heavenly consolation for present suffering &          sorrow:

A. Comforted by Heavenly rewards:

                Psa.37:9  Those that wait on the Lord, shall inherit the earth

                Mat.5:4   Blessed are they that mourn...they shall be comforted

                Lk.6:21    Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh

                Lk.12:32  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom (See also Mat.25:34)

                Lk.16:19-22a          [The suffering beggar Lazarus] carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom

                Jn.16:20  Ye shall weep & lament...& ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy

                Rom.8:18                The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory (Heavenly reward)

                2Cor.4:17                Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us...(an) eternal weight of glory

                2Cor.1:7  As ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation

                2Tim.2:12               If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him

B. There will be no more sorrow or tears in Heaven:

                Isa.25:8   He will swallow up death in victory; & the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces

                Rev.21:4 God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; & there shall be no more...sorrow, nor crying (See also 7:17)

 

 

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