"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 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." (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV)
Over the past few weeks I've laid a foundation of being comforted in our pain, for our past hurts and wounds but now I want to begin to look at how important comfort is in our daily lives.
I see it a bit like the daily manna which the Israelites received during their forty years in the wilderness. Every day without fail (except for the Sabbath when they received a double portion on the day before) there was new manna.
However, the thing about this manna was it landed on the ground outside their tents. They had to get up, go outside and gather it in. There was daily provision but they had to do something in order to make it their own - they had to receive the free gift which was being given to them. We too are recipients of the daily flow of comfort into our heart, as we receive it so it will become a reservoir within us which will enable us to live from a free heart.
I believe the apostle Paul learnt to receive comfort each and every day. It was the thing that enabled him to recognise his own weakness and dependency on the Father. It was the key to his contentedness and peace.
For us too, it is the doorway to freedom. As we open our heart and allow him to comfort us daily, whether we feel we need it or not, the reservoir of love and comfort within will grow and we will live more like Jesus.
If you would like to go deeper there is a series of teaching on Comfort, together with an article which you can download at http://afathertoyou.com/conferences
The next Fatherheart 'A' School in the UK is in July at Cloverley Hall in Shropshire. This is an opportunity for you to experience Father's love and to know his comforting love filling your heart. All the details together with an online booking form are at http://fhmaschool.uk You are all very welcome.