“For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus…”
~2 Corinthians 7:5-6
Are you depressed this hour, beloved? Have the afflictions which have come from every side taken your rest? So it is at times for the children of God when they experience the conflicts without and the fears within. Let no one ever make you feel condemned or shameful for feeling such things. We do not want to stay in such a condition or give way to such things because of the littlest of conflicts; but if the apostle and his companions experienced such times of trial, I say we be in good company.
May we not stop there in identifying with them, though, for they also knew the God who comforts the depressed. So depression is not out of the realm of experiences of God’s people. Even His children know such struggles, but He comforts them. God comforts them, and He also uses His people to encourage the faint of heart.
“But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus…” God used the coming of His servant with good news to encourage His people. Beloved, will you this day be one whom the Lord could use in sending to others with words of comfort? If you are willing, He will send you and equip you. The Lord will give you His love, wisdom, and words.
May it be that we are not those who bring further affliction or depression; but rather, by the grace of God, may we bring joy to the hearts of His people. This is the beauty of the body of Christ, that God supplies that which is needed for each to grow and to be encouraged through its many members. Open your heart today to the Lord and may He enable you to be a source of His own comfort to others.
In Christ alone.
Scripture quotation taken from the NASB. www.lockman.org