For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

2 Corinthians 1: 5

What a great deal, when we let Christ into our lives we get to let in all of the pain, sorrow, and disappointment that comes along with beginning to understand just how lost and hurting the people of this world are when they don’t know and follow Him. For the Spirit of Christ starts to awaken our hearts to the deeper truths of what He sees and feels, and my Lord experiences tremendous heart ache over the way that people continue to disbelieve and reject His call to an intimate relationship with Him.

Just as Jesus did during His time here on earth, we will get to deal with a spirit of angry rebellion against God that is very active and that seeks to hold down and to defeat the effectiveness of God’s own people. This is the same spirit that holds the hearts and minds of the ones who reject Christ in a state of oppressive captivity, and this is the spirit that the Lord will join His children in fighting against. So, this is where our relationship with Christ brings us back to comfort.

In the battles of life, there will be times when we and our loved ones and friends are wounded; also, it seems that there are people around us who are trying to deal with the fears, insecurities, image issues, and loveless nature of their personal existences, and these are all situations where the comfort of Christ may be the only effective answer for the current situation. We are given the gift of our understanding of the deep suffering of Christ so that we are better equipped to bring the healing touch of His grace and mercy to others who are suffering.