When we receive comfort and help in time of need, be it directly from God Himself or as directed BY God via the love, care and compassion of another, then we can “pass it on”. God receives the glory either way.
But have you ever considered that when we refuse to accept comfort either directly from the hand of God Himself or from someone He sends, that we not only hurt ourselves but may be indirectly harming another.
How can we pass on or share that which we have never received or refused to receive?
Sometimes inviting God and/or another to share our sorrow or pain is like planting good seed for an unknown future event.
There is a verse that has been on my heart for a time now. It is found in Isaiah 30:15 and says, “This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” We are to repent for our sin but also to REST in the LOVE and CARE of God. We can not receive His comfort when are unwilling to admit our very real need.
Isaiah 40:1 says, “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” We are created to be in community and to love God and love others.
Could part of that include being willing to receive and give comfort in times of heart need?