2Co 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.
Do you remember the words of Cain “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Gen 4:9 – Having just killed his brother he made this statement to God.
God wants a people who are “their brothers keeper” and within His glorious body “the church”, which is His people, he demands such an attitude. The Bible simply overflows with instruction on my attitude to the family of God. In fact the New Testament is a glorious manual on loving others and especially the family of God.
How often it is, in the church, that as its members, we expect an “Easy Journey” with “Suffering” being something that isn’t part of the plan for us. When we do suffer its often presented as a failing we must flee at all costs.
Yet when we read the words of Paul it might challenge us to be content to “stay a little while longer” in the place of PAIN – in order to OBTAIN.
Obtaining the Lords comfort will equip us in the task of looking after our brother and sister in their time of need. And when His timing is fulfilled and we have obtained all. “He on whom we have set our hope will yet deliver us”
“For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ”
Because we are our brothers keeper!