“…God…who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
–II Corinthians 1:3-4 (NASB)
For a short answer to personal healing use the DOOR.
Most of us and tangled by one thing or another that at times can drag us down–down from our usually (?) positive selves¹.
What to do about this?²
A short overall answer:
Look outward to others. Other people are “tangled up,” too. Then–to Christians I’m speaking–after a quick personal assessment of our own difficulties, look outward or upward to God. He has much to say about such things, here through the Apostle Paul, even though often in very general words.
In the first seven verses of the first chapter of II Corinthians, Paul mentions affliction or suffering (in one form or another) 8 times; and comfort 10 times. What is he going after? He mentions the “troubles” everyone experiences…and the power and overlooking intention of God to those who trust in Him.
Here’s another key verse here: “For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.” (v. 5)
Four more comments:
(1) Jesus personally knows about suffering.
(2) This same Jesus knows about, and provides comfort for, those who trust in Him.
(3) Paul often wrote about comfort while in jail–even in Rome.
(4) A powerful way to personal healing is to look past ourselves and comfort those around us. (Consider a key verse here: “…so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (v. 4)) The end of everything we know about is not on Earth.
¹ Others may view our self-assessment differently, however.
² This simple truth has been shared with me several times just recently.
[Happy significant birthday, Karen ♥]