Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. – 2 Cor 1:3-4

It’s the second part of this verse that intrigues me. It’s the second part that I sometimes wish was left out. I am all about God bringing me comfort. All about God making my life a little better or getting me out of the current jam I am in. It all is about God and me. Which is fine, except that it is wrong.

I have a responsibility to pass on the comfort and grace that I receive.

I see people all the time in some hard places. Many times I am compassionless. When I do nothing, I lock the kingdom inside of me and put up a roadblock for God to work through my life. The kingdom comes to me, and stops. Just me and Jesus. It’s a personal ting. Just the two of us. Nice thoughts, except that it is wrong.

With comfort comes responsibility. The responsibility to pass it on.

God, I am sorry for allowing your comfort, your grace, your guiding, and your healing in my life to stop with me. Help me to pass it to others so that your kingdom might run to other people who allow it to run to others who allow it to run to others. All until the kingdom spreads like a wildfire out of control.

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