Posted by: SandreS | July 17, 2009

Comfort and Consolation: Our Divine Calling

Comfort and consolation are a crucial part of our Father’s calling in our lives, for He has called us to,

… Be of good comfort (II Corinthians 13:11).

Our Father, “the God of all comfort” (II Corinthians 1:3), consoles us in our pain, anguish, distress, frustration, sorrow and brokenness, so that we may learn how to console others who are hurting around us. This paraklesis or, “beside-calling” is just that: a divine “calling” of the Father – our divine calling – that He may use the same comfort with which He consoles us, to bring consolation to the hearts and lives of others.

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 (II Corinthians 1:4).

This is our divine calling. This is His method of preparing us for real ministry – the ministry of genuine consolation, that exact same consolation that we have received from our Father – to those who are now experiencing similar troubles around us. We are the Father’s designated channels, conduits, instruments – His vessels of mercy – in bringing hope and consolation to a broken world.

This is not just “all about us.” Our sufferings, and His comfort and consolation, are for a far greater and nobler purpose. They are a part of His high-calling, His heavenly-calling, His celestial-calling in our lives. They are at the center of His high-life in us.

Heed the “beside-calling.” Embrace the sufferings and our Father’s ever-abiding presence in them. Allow Him to live that “beside-calling” of comfort and consolation through you to a hurting humanity. Please read carefully the next two verses and embrace them:

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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