January 14-15, 2017 Introduction The Bible never tries to explain suffering. Matthew 5:4 (NAS) “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” How to Experience God’s Comfort Remember that God is with me. Psalm 34:18a (NAS) The LORD is near to the brokenhearted. When you’re in pain, always remember: God is aware. Proverbs 15:3 (NAS) The eyes of the LORD are in every place, watching the evil and the good. God cares. I Peter 5:7 (NAS) Casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you. God wants to help you. Hebrews 4:15-16 (NAS) 15For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need. Release the hurt. Stop focusing on what’s lost and start focusing on what’s left! Romans 12:17a (NAS) Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Ways people deal with their hurt: Repress it Rehearse it There’s a big difference between mourning and moaning! Resent it Release it Romans 12:19 (NAS) Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. II Corinthians 10:3-5 (NAS) 3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. You have to make the choice to forgive this person. Matthew 6:12 (NLT) “And forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” Rely on God’s resources for comfort.