Everybody has “those days,” days when things just aren’t going well. Sometimes, people have situations or circumstances where they’re really struggling. As Christians, we’re urged to not only help and support one another, but to be a light to the unbelievers trapped in darkness. 2 Corinthians 1:4 states that God himself “comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” He doesn’t leave us stranded! When our roots are firm, and we’re standing on Christ, the solid Rock, we can do more than survive; we can thrive!

How can we comfort others? I’ve learned, over the years, that there’s a balance: counseling versus encouragement and support. Often times, we long to help others, to take away their pain and make things better. Unfortunately, constantly giving advice can seem like we’re looking at the situation through a logical, calculating perspective, rather than acknowledging their feelings and hurt. Sometimes, it can even seem like we’re not being accepting of them as they’re going through these trials!

One other alternative to counseling is encouraging. In my life, I’ve noticed that the Holy Spirit, more often than not, gives me words to say; words that give hope and shed a positive light on other people’s circumstances. Pray, therefore, so you become an Encourager; ask for wisdom! “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).

Lastly, we can support each other. This is done by “carry[ing] each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). We can offer help through our time, money, or talent, we can offer advice, prayer, or a listening ear, which is very important.

Remember, what we can’t fix, God can (assuming it’s his will). Luke 1:37 declares that “…with God, nothing is impossible.” If any of you, such as myself, find this hard to believe, ask for an increase of faith and a miracle. God won’t forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).