Week 11 – Our Sympathetic Savior

What a blessing it is to serve a God who can sympathize with us! God is above human weakness–He doesn’t feel sickness, hunger, boredom, anxiety or stress. However, when He came to earth as a human, He subjected Himself to the passing of time, the winding down of hunger and exhaustion, as well as the fluctuation of human emotion. Because He has experienced these things, Jesus can sympathize with weakness, and mediate to God accordingly. What an amazing source of comfort!

Tonight, I want us to focus on 2 Corinthians 1:1-11. When God comforts us, how should we respond? Think about a time when God has comforted you, and discuss how you can offer that comfort to others. Supply a verse that discusses the type of comfort you’ve received and given (e.g. comfort in grief, 1 Thessalonians 4:16:18).

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  1. we should always be thankful for His comfort. I can’t think of a really particular time of when he has comforted me ,But it does help to talk to Him

    1. Good! We should definitely thank Him for His comfort. Is there a Bible verse that brings extra comfort to you? Do you have a friend God has given you, who comforts you?

      1. yes, It just helps to talk sometimes to someone who you trust completely. ( besides your parents) so Mel, if you’re reading this thanks! I think a very comforting verse is ” If God is for us, who can be against us?”

        1. That is one of my very favorites–also verse 32 – “in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”

  2. What do we do if we won the quiz? Do we just send in our address like for the photography I know that’s all you did.?

  3. We should be thankful for him being there to comfort us . When others don’t . I had a friend going through a hard time and I would send her encouraging bible verse and be there for her and she was much better . ~ Ellie

    1. Very good! Sometimes God gives us people to comfort us (like you comforted you friend)…but sometimes there is no one who can or will sympathize with us. God is always there to listen and answer prayer, as well as to speak to us through His word. Look at Psalm 32:1-7 is one of the most comforting passages in any situation: “How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit! When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted awayThrough my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him. You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with [h]songs of deliverance.”

      Is there a specific passage that brings comfort to you?

  4. We need to accept His comfort and “pass it on”
    Well when we lost a young man,only 18, at our church everyone was struggling with the question of ”why”; we all had to comfort one another in this loss and everyone was trying to do everything they could to comfort his parents;we all knew where he went which was a comfort even though we still need him here; it was the hardest time of our lives but we got through with God,though it will will never be the same; for we had lost a brother, a friend, and a family member. I can promise you I am crying right now just writing about this great person that shall always be missed.
    Philippians 4:13
    Galatians 6:2
    Love, Isabella

      1. Thank you so much <3
        its about to be a year Christmas eve since we've lost him so it will be tough on everyone especially his family who will need lots of prayers <3
        Isabella

    1. You make a very interesting point…sometimes we don’t accept comfort. Why do you think that is?? (there are a lot of answers to this, so feel free to shoot out any answers ya’ll think of!)

      Thank you SO much for sharing this, Emily! I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I look forward to the day in which there will be no more tears, and when the “light affliction” of earth will be nothing (2 Cor 4:17-18). Though you suffered an incredible loss, and went through incredible pain, you are now well equipped to comfort someone else in their grief. You never know who you’ll be able to touch because of your terrible experience. It makes James 1:2 easier to understand–it’s easier to count your trial as joy when you know you’ll be able to comfort someone else during their trials. <3

        1. Excellent point. We don’t always want to admit we need comfort, or admit that someone else has something we think we already have.

      1. well when its comfort for grief sometimes its hard to accept that God would “let” such a good christian person die, while there are so many people that are not good in this world
        Isabella

        1. Yes! Sometimes we don’t let people comfort us because we’re bitter. We hold on to resentment against God, refusing the comfort He provides.

          1. Along with what you said “‘ letting’ a good person die” He let Jesus die so why wouldn,t He let any other mortal man die?

          2. It’s all about our perspective. If we have an eternal perspective, we will accept and even rejoice (in a sense) at the death of a faithful person (Psalm 116:15, 1 Thess 4:13-18). However, this does not mean that our pain is any less real. We do not grieve as those who have no hope (1 Thess 4:13), but we still grieve. In grief, we ask those difficult questions, like Job did, and like Isabella brought up. God offers comfort because the pain of losing a loved one is so very real <3

          3. And sometimes the only answer is that God’s ways are not our ways, but we can still take comfort in knowing that God is in control even if we don’t understand everything that happens.

          4. I know that one day God will wipe away all of our tears and give us eternal comfort. Whether that means that we will understand everything, I don’t know. But I trust that God’s glory will take away all pain and sorrow.

        1. That is true! It’s important to remember that people care, even when they don’t know what to say. People say crazy things to people who are grieving, sometimes. That’s why it’s so important to comfort people with the comfort we’ve received…to know what is effective and what is hollow. Great point.

          1. Yes sometimes people don’t have to say anything but just be there or give a hug . It’s very comforting ~ Ellie

          2. It’s also helpful for them to just listen and not say anything. (Hugs certainly do help ) I have never been in that kind of situation but I can imagine.

          3. It is much better to just offer silent comfort than open your mouth and say the wrong thing. That’s definitely something we learn when we read Job.

          4. Perfect. The account of Job is the perfect example! His wife was terrible in the midst of his grief…and his friends were pretty rotten, too. Thanks for bringing this up!

          5. Job’s wife shows us that all deal with grief differently. They had lost all of the same things, but Job maintained his faith while his wife became bitter.

    1. a) Because He was tempted as we are
      b) No
      c) Confident
      d) Mercy and grace
      e) Ignorant and misguided
      f) No
      g) Mediates

        1. Yes ma’am, they’re all from the reading on Read 2.
          a) Hebrews 4:15
          b) Hebrews 4:15
          c) Hebrews 4:16
          d) Hebrews 4:16
          e) Hebrews 5:2
          f) Hebrews 4:15
          g) 1 Timothy 2:5

  5. I think a really big thing is that sometimes you can’t tell anyone about something that you’re going through. sometimes God’s the only one. and it’s really comforting, when you can’t tell anyone else at all, to know that there is someone who understands… I’m not the best at going to God with my struggles, I have trouble getting my thoughts together, so it’s also a wonderful thing to know that God can understand what we may not even be able to put into words.

    1. That is true! Sometimes we have struggles that we don’t want to reveal to someone. Of course, God wants us to confess our sins to each other (James 5:16), but that doesn’t mean we take every little thing to someone else. God is our best friend, and ultimate source of comfort. <3

      This makes me think of Psalm 139:23-24. We can ask God to search and know our hearts when we don't know them ourselves.

      1. You said James 5:16, and it just made me think of this I’ve always felt like we use that verse in reference to just the “easier” sins or the “less serious” ones… and sometimes when people hear the “harder” or “worse” sins confessed then they shrink back… I think that’s really sad, this should be applied to all sins, we should be able to go to our Christian family with ANYTHING.
        Okay, done now, lol…

        1. You’re so right! There are some people who can’t handle hearing about real life…the “big” sins. However, I’ve found that true and strong Christians rise to the occasion. While you shouldn’t tell your personal business to just anyone, I believe that God always provides someone to whom you can give your trust <3

          The best lesson to take from what you said is this…be the person who can handle hearing about the "big" sins!

  6. These are both great answers, friends and prayer. There is nothing that relieves our mind like prayer does. It makes me think of Philippians 4:7. We often receive peace that goes beyond the situation, peace that is greater than our comprehension.

  7. Along the lines of why we don’t accept comfort–I think sometimes we want to wallow in sadness. We like to pity ourselves, and continue in whatever it is that is hurting us. Can anyone identify with this?

    Our passage for tonight is a great reminder of why we shouldn’t do this. God wants our Christian lives to be characterized by joy, and though our lives are filled with difficulty, we should accept the comfort of God over self-pity!

    1. True ,I am guilty of that a lot of times ( over relitively small things ( they don’t seem small at the time ,but when I look back on them they seem pretty stupid and small.) )

      1. Me, too! That’s when we need to focus on the Word of God. When we look at what matters, it puts our small problems into perspective.

      2. When you are having one of those days where “everything” is going wrong and you are feeling a little sorry for yourself, take a minute to write out all of the things that are upsetting you. More often than not your day won’t seem so bad when you finish the list.

      1. You’re wise, Isabella! Self-pity does not doing anything for us. We think it does, but all it does is cause us to be self-centered.

    2. I can honestly say that’s something I’ve had trouble with, and I think a really really good remedy for self pity is service…
      which makes me think of something else… If y’all would, please pray for me… I’ve been trying since PTP to find a hospital that would let me do volunteer work, and I finally found somewhere, but they are incredibly slow, and just kinda making me jump through hoops, so I’m just really hoping it’ll work out…

      I also wanted to say, since we’re close to the end, I’m not very good at personal study, but your last chapter was a really big encouragement to me to make a plan and set aside (at least) a certain amount of time to study each day… so thank you!!:)

      1. I will say a prayer for you! I’m proud of you for wanting to jump into service, keep up that sweet heart.

        I’m so glad that it was an encouragement. I struggle with that too in the midst of business, but there is nothing that can get us through the day like time with our Lord <3

        1. thank you so much<3 I worked with the special needs kids at PTP and I just decided I didn't want to go home and lose those kids, haha. it'll help when I get to nursing school:)

  8. Well I got to go But I have been really enjoying this class it has helped me a lot . Thank you Rebekah 🙂~ ellie

  9. Tonight’s discussion has been wonderful, as always! I’m so glad we talked about some trials in our lives, I loved seeing ya’ll offering comfort to one another. Before we end I want to share with you the most comforting verse in the Bible to me. 2 Corinthians 4:7 says this: “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” This was written by Paul, who was tortured beyond what I can physically comprehend…and who gave up his home and entire life for Jesus. If his trials are momentary and light now that he is in heaven, mine certainly will be too when I get there. Heaven will be so wonderful, nothing that has happened here will even be of consequence to us. The glory of heaven will outweigh every trial we face–so let us resolve to live out this week like people who believe that. Let us give our lives in service to God, and resolve to be the joyous, comfort-givers we are told to be. I love you girls!

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