When being comforted can be comforting to others…
It took to me a while to figure out what the subject of this post was going to be. It started with the statement, “True faith in God brings consistency between belief on the inside and action on the outside. Believing, speaking, and acting line up.” (From Competent to Minister)
Yes, a “good works” thing.
James 2:14 “My brothers and sisters, if a person claims to have faith, but ‘does’ nothing, that faith is worth nothing. Faith like that cannot save anyone.”
Not necessarily, I was thinking, specifically because there have been many times over the past 1.5 years when I was physically incapable of “doing” anything but laying (lying?) in a hospital bed, YET God was teaching me how this can be an active blessing to others, including my sister.
Naomi passed away in December but was one of several who told me that the positive attitude God propped up in me through my faith was inspiring their faith, and helping to prepare them for their own trials.
In those stormy circumstances, faith was my boat and I wasn’t about to stop clinging to it. Now that my physical recovery has progressed, my situational waters are calmer, so to speak, and I feel an urgency to get out of the boat and walk upon the water. (It’s a great book, and I encourage you all to read it! “If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat.”) I’ve learned that “doing nothing” was not doing nothing! “Being still and knowing” are actions!
And this morning, I realized that I’m about to see the other side of the caring/comforting coin: Barb, who takes such great care of me, will have surgery today for a torn rotator cuff, and Kili and I will take care of her during her recovery. I surely do know from experience how it feels to be cared for and visited. (and another ‘thank you’ to all those who visited me). I’m motivated to do the same for someone else. So, faith leads – not to “good works” – but to service, which isn’t exactly the same since it’s not concerned with getting or taking the credit.
2 Corinthians 1:4 is today’s key verse.
He comforts us when we are in trouble, so that we can share that same comfort with others.
And, we don’t even need to actually “do” anything to do this!
When being comforted BY GOD can be comforting to others AT THE SAME TIME!
Friends, if what I write is inspiring to you, please share it! I’d also love to hear about any experiences you had that God used to teach you and others.