“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”
Anyone who has lost a loved one knows the empty feeling of the initial shock of their loss. Trying to find the source of comfort during the time of loss is no easy task because you miss the one who has just gone to Heaven, but you are happy for them because they are no longer suffering in this present world. The comfort you seek in these times will always be found in the words of Jesus Christ.
Jesus showed us these words when He prepared His disciples for His return to Heaven. Jesus told them that He would not leave them comfortless. He assured them of Heaven and that He was preparing a place for them. Yet, the words that helped to comfort the hearts of the disciples are found in the verse above when Jesus said, “…I will come to you.” Though Jesus promised the disciples that they would be able to come to Him when they died, it was the promise that He would come to them that comforted their hearts.
In this chapter, you will find how you can be a comfort to others. The greatest fulfillment you will receive in life is knowing that you have comforted the comfortless. When someone is hurting from a loss, being able to be God’s tool to help comfort them through their loss is a fulfilling feeling that is hard to describe. If you are going to be God’s tool to comfort others, you must take the same actions Jesus took to comfort His disciples. Let me show you the actions you need to take to be a comfort to those who are in need of comfort.
First, you are going to have to get people to believe the words of God. Verse 1 says, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” Nothing helps a troubled heart more than reaffirming to a person that God is real and His words are true. My friend, human words can never replace the comfort that the Word of God gives. You can try to reason with human reasoning, but you will fail to comfort people until you take them to the Word of God which has the words of eternal comfort abiding in it.
Second, you are going to have to remind people that Heaven is a real place. It is the hope of Heaven that often softens the hurt of the loss of a loved one. You may think that the one you are trying to help already knows that their loved one is in Heaven, but the reassuring words from another person of the reality of Heaven is always comforting to those in need of comfort.
Third, the greatest comfort a person will receive is through your presence. In the verse above, the words that were the sealing factor to comfort the disciples were, “I will come to you.” Nothing comforts people like the presence of a friend. Sending a note is certainly helpful, but seeing another friend walk through the door in a time of loss brings the greatest comfort to those who are in need of comfort. You may not think that your presence will help others, but taking the effort to go to them in their time of need is one of the most comforting things that you could do to help your friends.
My friend, Christianity is more than saying a few words or holding to a position. Christianity is performing the acts that Christ would perform if He were in your shoes. If you want to be a comfort to others, you would be wise to follow the three steps Jesus took to comfort His disciples when they learned that they would soon lose the physical presence of their Saviour.