Life sometimes puts you down t0 your knees, and it’s not always because you recognize how great God is and how limited you are. Often we pray to God for comfort in times like these, and we should too, but it’s also important to know that finding comfort in our brethren in Christ is almost as important. Here some examples in the Bible:
- 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV) “Wherefore comfort yourselves together…”
- Romans 12:15 (KJV) “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (KJV) “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
Sometimes it can be difficult to share your pains or your struggles with other people, and it’s not necessarily because you are afraid of what they will say, but more how they will perceive you as a Christian. Some of the people who are around you are none believers and to them, you have professed about “how good God is and how God has changed your life” because of it, you might be afraid of failing to present God to them as the Almighty by revealing your vulnerability.
Sometimes it can be hard to express your hurt even to believers because of our Christian culture, which is not always honest about the struggle and pain it might endure at times because it’s often seen as a sign of weakness and instability in the faith. No one wants to be perceived in this way and therefore most people choose silence instead of talking about it.
I am here to tell you that showing or admitting that you are hurting and that you need help or consolation is not a sign of weakness or signs of instability, but in addition it’s a sign of bravery to able to stand face to face with truth and thus be able to share that truth about your struggles and pains with your true brothers and sisters in Christ, then finding comfort through them who has Christ best interest at heart concerning you.
Always have your hope in God and be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that you have despite your hurting.