Tag Archives: Peter

Throwback Thursday: How to Comfort the Hurting

 

HOW TO COMFORT THE HURTING

And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you; that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”    -Luke 22:31-32

 

I want to thank the mom with the wayward child who comforted me when my child went astray. I want to thank the blind man who inspired me when I realized I may go totally blind. I wish these people could have been spared their trials, but they were able to help me because they had gone through the same thing.

When Jesus told Peter to strengthen the brethren, He knew that Peter would deny Him. He also knew that Peter would become a strong preacher, and that he would help restore John Mark (Acts 15:36-40; 1 Pet. 5:13). He knew that Peter would write epistles to suffering Christians and that he could teach them and help them because of what he had been through.

God has many purposes for our suffering. One of His purposes is that we may give comfort and strength to our Christian brothers and sisters. Possibly you are going through something right now. It could be an illness, a financial hardship, a wayward child or a lost loved one. There may come a time when you are able to help someone who is going through the same thing. You don’t have to give them any answers, but you can tell them about God’s grace. Remind them that God will never leave them and that He gives peace that is beyond our understanding.

It may not mean much to you right now to know that later on you may comfort someone else, but when you reach that point, you will thank God for the ability to help them. They will be thankful for your encouraging words. It is amazing how God enables His children

to bear one another’s burdens.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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The Healing Power of Forgiveness

THE HEALING POWER OF FORGIVENESS

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Then Peter came to Him and said,

“Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

Matthew 18:21-22 NKJV

Do you struggle with forgiveness? It is commanded, and we exemplify Christ-likeness when we relinquish grudges. Our heads say, “We must,”, but our hearts say, “Must we?” The ability to forgive will soothe our broken hearts. It releases us from the prison of depression, and breaks the chains of bitterness. Forgiveness heals, but it also challenges us.

I would love to tell you a personal story about forgiveness. I could explain how releasing anger freed me from the pangs of heartache. I know all this is true in my head, but in my heart, I identify with Peter. Seven times? It has been more than seven times, but who needs to count?

I want to forgive, but when I get close, another incident rips the wound open. Whether the hurt is intentional or unintentional, it is still hurt.

The truth is that God has allowed these circumstances to occur. God is sovereign and everything in my life is Father-filtered.

When I looked at it from that prospective, the anger slipped away. Even now, I perceive how God is refining me.

One day, I will tell the story about the healing power of forgiveness, but for now, I am still in the midst of the waters. Still in the midst of the fire. God never said we would not traverse troubled waters, but He did say He would be right by our side.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” Is. 43:2 NKJV

Heavenly Father, You have forgiven us so much. We want to forgive (insert name), but it is extremely difficult. We can only do this through Your power. Help us do the right thing and forgive. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Matthew 18:21-35.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Perhaps you can tell your story of forgiveness and the effect it had on your life. Possibly, you are trying to forgive as someone continues to inflict pain. Join me in prayer as we ask God to enable us to forgive others just as He has forgiven us.

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.