How Do We Comfort Others

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Development agencies exist to encourage and to direct the most basic human strong wish to care for our neighbours in need. God intended that Jesus have a key role in providing comfort. He was assigned to bind up the brokenhearted and comfort all who mourn. Development aid is part of an international social safety net which reflects not only the global ethical responsibilities of the rich to the poor, but also the claim of the poor upon the rich as members of the same global community. Our neighbour can be of any religious faith, that is, Christian, Muslim, Traditionalists, and so on. God is a God of all comfort and comfort us in all our trials (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Gustavo Gutierrez  (1999, p.25) writes ‘The poor person is someone brimming over with capacities and possibilities, whose culture has its own values derived from racial background, history and language…and despite the way they have been affected by circumstances, resist all attempt to mutilate or manipulate their hopes and future. When we have hope, there is future and a better life, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Rom. 15:4). Therefore, let us love, care and comfort one another.

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