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Promise of the Month - November, 2005

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4 KJV)

When we are mourning, we seek comfort. It is a blessing to know that we can find comfort in God. King David knew this, for he wrote "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4 KJV). God gives comfort to those who know Him, but many people do not know how to find comfort in God. David again provides an answer: "Increase my honor, And comfort me again." (Psalm 71:21 WEB). He knows that he only has to ask God for comfort in order to receive it. David shows us another way to find comfort in God. "I will delight myself in your commandments, Because I love them. I reach out my hands for your commandments, which I love. I will meditate on your statutes. Remember your word to your servant, Because you gave me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, For your word has revived me. " (Psalm 119:47-50 WEB). When we love God and His commandments, we find comfort in His holy Word.

The written word is not the only place to find comfort in God. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would bring comfort: "The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is on me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the humble; he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of Yahweh's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn". (Isaiah 61:1-2 WEB). John later explained to us that Jesus Christ, the Messiah, was the living Word: "The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14 WEB). It was Jesus Christ that told us of this blessing in Matthew 5:4. He went on to say that He would send another comforter after His resurrection: "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever." (John 14:16 ASV). Jesus described this Comforter, who is also called a Counselor: "But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you." (John 14:26 ASV). Now, we know that if we are believers, we have the Holy Spirit: "... God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Romans 5:5 WEB). As believers, we are entitled to the comfort that the Holy Spirit brings to us, just as He brought comfort to the early church: "So the assemblies throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace, and were built up. They were multiplied, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 9:31 WEB).

God has also empowered us to bring this comfort to each other. As believers, the Holy Spirit dwells inside of each of us: "Or don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God? You are not your own." (1 Corinthians 6:19 WEB). It is through God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit - the blessed Trinity working in perfect harmony - that we are able to share our comfort with others: "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, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound to us, even so our comfort also abounds through Christ." (2 Corinthians 1:3-5 WEB).

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4 KJV). Although we may not understand this concept at first glance, mourning is an opportunity to get closer to the Lord. After all, we are children of the Living God, and we can cry out to Him as our loving Father: "And because you are children, God sent out the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, 'Abba, Father!'" (Galatians 4:6 WEB). He will hear us and He will comfort us and He will help us to comfort each other.

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