S – scripture
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 NIV)
O – observation
Comfort…is not deliverance but the ability to persevere through stuff and still be encouraged. The encouragement we receive in the time of trouble is designed so that we can comfort or encourage those around us with the same comfort.
Ultimately the source of Comfort and encouragement comes from God…he is the source of all comfort.
A – application
I have been through some stuff before, and in the midst of it have seen the comfort that comes from The Lord surround me and encourage me. Today is my opportunity to comfort those around me with the same comfort and encouragement. We all go thru stuff…it’s the comforters around us that make the path that much better!
P – prayer
Lord help me to seize the opportunity to be a voice of encouragement and a model of encouragement. Help me to recognize those that need comfort and give it freely. You have worked so much in my life, I praise you for giving me the comfort I need so I can in turn comfort others.