We are living in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 has caused upheaval in our personal, work, financial, recreational, and spiritual lives. All of us are being impacted.
How should we deal with this crisis? Some are hoarding. Some are complaining. Some are seeking answers. While others question the government and healthcare community. Some pray for God’s intervention.
Christians should go back to the basics.
Christians should allow the Holy Spirit to comfort them and then be a comfort to others.
When a person trusts Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes and resides within that person. The Holy Spirit was sent to be the Comforter. As the Holy Spirit comforts us during this time, we should comfort others.
Promise of the Comforter (John 14:16-26)
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
As God gives us His comfort, we must comfort others. How? Call someone. If you have a friend or neighbor who is an elderly shut in, take them a meal, give them a card, or go by and just say “hi”.
Think of the comfort you desire and go do that for someone else. Comfort is just taking care of others. Do a RAK (random act of kindness).
Will we choose to be God’s agents of comfort?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001