Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. - 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
We are not what people need.
Our purpose is to connect them to a living, active, redeeming Christ. He gives them what they need so that they can do what they have been called to do amid the difficulties of life.
I am nothing more than a brother.
I stand alongside you and point you to the Father.
I stand next to you and tell you stories of his amazing love and care.
I share with you the things I have learned on his lap and at his feet.
I take your hand and walk with you to him.
As brothers and sisters we put the focus where it must be – on our all-wise, almighty, and ever-present Father.
We need more than acceptance or practical strategies for change. We need forgiveness, deliverance, and empowerment that only God's grace can give.
- from Instruments in the Redeemers Hands by Paul Tripp; pp 146-147