2 CORINTHIANS 1:3-4 (NLT)
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
WHEN LIFE IS HARD, GOD SAYS TO COMFORT OTHERS.
Focus of Teaching for This Series
You’ve probably heard of “escape rooms”—you know, those places where you get locked in a room with your friends and then try to escape by solving puzzles and secret codes?
Some people love them and can’t wait to solve the puzzles, while others count down the minutes until they’re over.
Just like an escape room, we all handle difficult and painful situations differently . . . but often we look for some type of relief. Maybe it’s a Netflix binge, or gaming, or spacing out while listening to Spotify. Maybe it’s staring at a phone and scrolling for hours.
Whatever it is, we all have a favorite distraction— something we get lost in. Something that helps us escape reality.
But the trouble is, these good and fun distractions sometimes lead to hurting others, hurting ourselves, or damaging our relationship with God.
In this series, we’ll look at how to deal with difficult situations in our lives.
As we do, we just might find that God’s inviting us to stop avoiding and escaping hard times, and instead, face our troubles head-on.
And maybe we’ll see that through our struggles, God builds our character, provides us with comfort, and calls us to share that comfort with others.
Who’s someone who could use some comfort right now?
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For our final week of Escape Room, we’ll talk about what it feels like to be alone, and how God comforts us during these times. The truth is, it’s a normal part of life to feel sad, hurt, or alone. Feeling like you’re the only person who has to deal with what you have to deal with can be isolating. But today, we’ll talk about how God comforts us, and the same comfort that God gives us is meant to move us to comfort someone else. In other words, God wants us to take the comfort we’ve received and give it to someone in need.