You know these words...
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:1-3).
“…these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).
“ I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
“…for He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5).
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
You know these words. You’ve quoted them, breathed them into difficult situation, crafted them into comforting words, placed them in encouraging messages. We could have played the biblical version of “Name that Tune” (I can name that verse in 3 words) and you would have done just fine. These words are a part of your fabric, your rhythm, your toolbox. YOU, my preaching friend need to read them again. Please do. Read them this time for yourself. For your own life. For your own comfort. For every promise you preach is a promise for you. Pray these words into your own problems this week. They are for you. May the God of comfort comfort your heart this week.