Comfort the Suffering

Sustain and Heal

Pain sneaks into our lives when we least expect it. It can poison our joy and dash our hopes. But Jesus provides comfort in our suffering through His Word and Holy Spirit. Dr. Bob Kellemen argues that we can also offer support to those who hurt. He explains how Christians can extend biblical comfort to those in pain.

Bob Kellemen is the Vice President for Institutional Development and Chair of the Biblical Counseling Department at Crossroads Bible College. Bob also serves as the Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and as the Founder and CEO of RPM Ministries. 

Bob explained the two ways Christians can come alongside those who suffer:

  • Sustain
  • Heal
We help sustain our friends by “climb[ing] into the coffin with them.” We enter into their pain and provide support. We help people heal by pointing them to the hope of Jesus and eternity. 

How have people supported you in difficult times? How did their support make you feel?
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The idea of sustaining allows people to face their suffering with Christ and others. According to this definition, what might it look like to encourage someone to “sustain” their suffering? How could you “sustain” suffering in your life?
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Bob said, “we can find God even when we can’t find relief.” We should always pivot our pain toward Christ so He can use it to grow us. How has suffering contributed to your spiritual maturity? What helped you the most when you journeyed through times of difficulty?
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How could you comfort someone in you’re life who’s hurting this week? If you’re suffering, in what ways could you sustain and heal, as Bob suggested?
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God’s love and His Word comforts us when we suffer. If you’re struggling, dive into Scripture this week. Pray with a friend. Ask for help. If you’re not in a time of difficulty, proved comfort to your friends and family. Make them a meal or offer a listening ear. Remind them of God’s love by meeting their needs. 

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