II Corinthians 1:3-7 talks about “comforting others with the comfort with which we’ve been comforted.” Praying over that passage and looking at it through the lens of discipleship led me to three really good questions. I had the privilege of asking these questions at the Stuart Congregational Church this weekend. I thought I’d share them with you this morning.
1) What has the Lord done for you? Be specific in your answer. How has the Lord intervened for you in a time of need. He helped Paul and his friends during a time of struggle in Asia. Where and when has the Lord done something for you?
2) What does it mean? When God acts, we need to spend some time here. When God took action what did it say about who God is? What does it say about who you are? And what does it say about your relationship with God? (We use those questions a lot in the learning circle. Getting to a good answer takes some work and prayer. Don’t short-cut it.)
3) What will you do about it? We grow spiritually when we respond to what God has done for us. Too often, we skip this step, but it’s worth the time.
The questions have several of us at FCMC reflecting on what it means for us. A number of us have experienced healing from past hurts. I am wondering if God may be leading us to have an MC whose identity and mission can be captured in the phrase “wounded healers.”
How would you answer those questions?