One important truth we must all come to terms with in our world today is that as long as we're alive, we'll always be confronted by one challenge or the other. It is childish and immature to think or believe that life, at any given time will be trouble-free. It is then imperative that we understand that we face challenges so we can become stronger and grow to be who God created us to be.
However, God promises to strengthen and comfort us when we go through trials. He promised to be with us when we go through any storm or fire.
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you" Isaiah 43:2
When God does, He then expects us to extend the comfort and strength to others. We are to Empower Others with what God gives us. Just as we know that we can't give what we don't have, we are expected to pass on to others what God gives us.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement), Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God" 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
But then, how do we do this? We start by sharing our pains and struggles with others as well as how we're able to overcome them. For instance, if you've lost someone close, you understand how painful it can be, you then approach a grieving person with such emphaty because you understand how they feel.
If you were once a drug addict, and you know firsthand the destructive consequences of drug abuse, then you can use your experiences to help those who at risk of experiencing the pains you survived. If you had troubles as a teenager, find a struggling teenager around you that could use your help. The list of the things we can do is endless.
Finally, the important thing is that we should be more supportive to people around us, encourage them and help them get through tough times.
Remember, God Empowers you to Empower and Lift others. He's counting on you!
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