2 Corinthians 1:4 "who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."
When you read God's word and learn about having joy in trials, or trusting God, sometimes you don't really know how it applies to you until you go through a stormy time yourself. Why would I need to hold onto Christ as my steadfast in a storm if I am living a safe and comfy life, there is no need to hold on. Times of trails and suffering is a chance and opportunity we are given to draw closer to the Lord more than any other time.
Use the trials and suffering you have gone through as a way to learn to help others going through similar storms.
The "Joy" we are admonished to have in trials is not taking joy in the pain of the trial, but rather having true joy in the fact that our heavenly Father loves us and cares for us. The trials we are enduring are there to mold, shape, and change us into the obedient children that our Father would have us be. So the next time your faith is tested, stand strong and persevere, knowing that you are being examined and prepared for the future.
HOW DO WE ATTEND TO SUFFERING PEOPLE?
- gain biblical understanding
- committee to being very cautious
- be a conduit for the calming grace of God
- imitate the love and grace of God
- accept their words
- Affirm their dignity and value (door of HOPE) be there as a “hopeful presence” (by just being there we are being that door of hope.