Seasoned with Encouragement and Comfort

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 tribulations that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Have you ever stopped to consider how powerful a spoken word inspired by the Holy Spirit is to those who need to be encouraged and comforted?

Scripture records a special interaction between two relatives in Luke 1:39-47, that gives us an example of a word that brings encouragement. Let’s consider what scripture reveals.

Mary didn’t waste time after receiving a message from the Angel of the Lord. She quickly left for the hills of Judah, to visit her cousin Elizabeth.

Do you ever stop to consider what this young mother was thinking about on her journey. I wonder if she was lonely and afraid. I know the Angel of the Lord told her not to be afraid, but she was entering uncharted waters. Although scripture doesn’t answer those questions it does record a confirmation of what the Angel of the Lord told Mary earlier and I’m certain that was both encouraging and comforting.

Mary stepped into Zechariah and Elizabeth’s home and greeted Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s baby jumped inside the womb and she was immediately filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth proclaimed “Blessed are you among woman and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” In addition, scripture records Elizabeth exclaiming, “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.

Elizabeth’s Spirit filled words prompted Mary to proclaim in Luke 1:46-47 “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. In this wonderful outburst of praise and worship inspired by the Holy Spirit, Mary joyously lifted her voice to the skies and rejoiced with a her strength.

I pray that you are a woman empowered by the Holy Spirit and that the Word of God is on your lips, so that your able to encourage and comfort others.

Micah E.