It’s Monday Grace!
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This world offers comfort in many forms, yet never touches the heart. You can spend your money, your time, your health, your life chasing comfort and never find it. In fact, I could make a strong case that the chase after comfort is frantically moving farther away from it all the time.
But you don’t have to strive for comfort. You don’t have to compromise what you believe. You don’t have to seek comfort in sin or indulgence or this world.
Comfort is promised to those who belong to the Lord. It is not accidental that the Spirit of God is called the Comforter. Part of His work in us is to minister God’s comfort to our hearts. By reminding us of the presence and love of God, the Spirit calms our hearts in challenging times. Nor is it a coincidence that the Spirit is “poured out” on the people of God. Like a soothing balm, God provides our comfort.
Sometimes I pray for the love of God to be a “balm” for a hurting person. A balm is usually an ointment that is rubbed into an area of pain. It may stop an itch, warm a muscle, protect and heal a wound, or soften a place of tension. A warm oil on dry skin, a penetrating salve rubbed into tense muscles, a ministering ointment poured on a wound. Comfort for the pain.
May the love of God soften the drive of anger, soothe the tension of anxiety, heal the memory of offense, relieve the pain of broken things, and deaden the itch of desire—in you and in me today!
The love of God has been poured out in our hearts
by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.