"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Today, call up a friend and ask them how they're doing. And really listen. You might be surprised with an opportunity to witness, or just empathize with them. Be conscious of serving and loving him or her before yourself. Remember, mercy will be shown to those who have shown mercy.
Do you ever feel alone in your pain?
As Christians, we know that God is near, and yet sometimes our struggles still feel overwhelming. Maybe they feel extra overwhelming, because we might also feel pressure to have it all together. To be a perfect model of Christian joy and strength. But in our weakness, we know that we can lean on Christ, who is sure and strong and all-powerful. He is our great consolation, the Father of Mercies.
But think about the people worldwide who do suffer alone, who do not know that they can lean on Christ. Think of the friends in your own life who do not have a relationship with Him, or who have fallen away. How might you be a source of comfort to them? Have you shared with them recently about the One who brings peace to your soul?
Lord, help me to be merciful as I have been shown mercy. Amen.