More than Comfort

I sat at a dinner table of women engaging with one another. Pulled together to celebrate the birthday of my childhood friend, I knew most people only as acquaintances, yet the common bond of motherhood united us. In the dimly lit restaurant we shared celebration and stories – struggles of our own seasons.

If I were there to preach I would have told them to become a new wineskin. But I was there to listen. So I listened.

I discovered we’re all going through it. You have a two year old; you have a teenager; you have a job; you don’t have a job – we’re all going through it. We all need comfort. The world is a horrible place and things go horribly wrong. 

In John 14:16 Jesus promised to send a Comforter. Comfort is important, so important it is one of the names of the Holy Spirit. Your comfort is important to God. If you need comfort, look no further than the Holy Ghost. Comfort is one of the things He does best. 

Just don’t stay there.

The Holy Spirit was sent to do more than give you comfort. He is power to set you free.

We lived in a world where sad stories are celebrated. We look for comfort, but not answers; happy with sympathy.

Jesus died for a whole lot more than to comfort you in your pain. He sent the Comforter to bestow power from on high. Power that leads to freedom.

There is room for comfort. If you need comfort come to the Spirit and get all you can. But refuse to settle for comfortable. Refuse to settle for pain. Jesus died for your freedom. Walk in it. 

The Holy Spirit is the ultimate comforter. Bathe in His presence. Allow Him to whisper words of comfort and life. But also look for power to overcome the discomfort. You don’t need to remain there. You have been born again into freedom.

Yes, we’re all going through it, but we are not alone. We have the Comforter who will guide us into truth, power and freedom. I will allow Him to do that in my life. Will you?

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Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

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