A Friend to Comfort #127



If you were in pain, which friend (or friends) would you want by your side? Why?

Which friend would you definitely not want around when you’re in pain? Why?


After Job lost his family and possessions, three of his friends came to comfort him. We can learn a lot — good and bad — from their example. The first thing Job’s friends did right was to visit Job in person. They didn’t send a card wishing him well. They didn’t let their discomfort or awkwardness keep them away. They went to grieve with him.
They also gave Job the space he needed to grieve. Job 2:13 says Job’s friends sat in silence for seven days and seven nights. They saw how badly Job was hurting, and they were content to grieve quietly with him. They gave him time to process his thoughts and feelings. They didn’t try to force a conversation.
That’s not to say Job’s friends did everything right. In their arrogance, they were convinced they knew the reason for his suffering. They believed Job was being punished for sin and kept urging him to repent. They were wrong, and as a result, they added to his misery.
Let’s learn from the example of Job’s friends. Each of us will have opportunities to help friends who are hurting. The way we respond to those opportunities will say a lot about us and about the God we serve.

Lean on me…



“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

Proverbs 17:17


“Friends hold a special place in our hearts, not just because of the good times we share but also for the bonds that are formed when we go through pain and adversity holding each other up. There are people in your life whom you count as great friends. They may be young or old, close or distant. Whoever they are and wherever they are, these words are for you to encourage them. Use these words to thank them for their love and generosity and uplift them when they need it most.

The scriptures, words of affirmation and quotes below are for the friends in your life. You can share them via text, emails or hand-written notes. Everyone needs authentic friends who have their best interests at heart.”

Be that friend.  ❤

30 heartfelt affirmations and words of encouragement for your suffering friend:

  1.   Nothing I can say will make this better but I’m here for you always.
  2.   I am so sorry you are going through this.
  3.   I am praying for you every morning when I get up.
  4.   I would like to bring your family a meal this week. Would that be okay?
  5.   You are so brave and so strong.
  6.   What is one specific way I can be praying for you?
  7.   I’m sending positive thoughts your way today.
  8.   I’d love to watch your kiddos for a night if you’d like to get some extra rest.
  9.   I am so proud to call you my friend.
  10.   I love you.
  11.   I don’t know what these next few months will be like for you, but I’ll always be here for you.
  12.   I’d love to take you out somewhere and talk about whatever you’d like!  When can I come by?
  13.   Is there a certain website or book I can read to learn more about what    you’re going through?
  14.   Can I hug you?
  15.   God will NEVER leave you!
  16.   You are my hero.
  17.   You’re a warrior, and warriors don’t quit!
  18.   Cancer is just one chapter in your life, not the whole story.
  19.   It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.
  20.   You’re stronger than you know, braver than you think, more loved than you   can imagine.
  21.   Your illness does not define you.
  22.   The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but      those who win battles we know nothing about.
  23.   I wish I could take all of this pain and sorrow from you, but for now I will offer my hand to hold and my shoulder to lean upon.
  24.   Cancer may have started the fight, but you are going to finish it!
  25.   God loves you, and so do I!
  26.   I’m praying for you, friend.
  27.   There’s much more ahead of you. You’ll get through this.
  28.   You’re such a light everywhere you go!
  29.   Be strong and courageous. You can fight this!
  30.   Don’t give up on your dreams!


Quotes to Inspire Cancer Patients:

  • “Take one day at a time. Today, after all, is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”– Billy Graham


  • “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom


  • “It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


  • “My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” – Billy Graham


  • “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” – Mother Teresa


  • “Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.” – Elisabeth Elliot


  • “Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life.” – Ravi Zacharias


  • “Only when our greatest love is God, a love that we cannot lose even in death, can we face all things with peace. Grief was not to be eliminated but seasoned and buoyed up with love and hope.” – John Piper


  • “What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.” – Rick Warren


  • “Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.” – G. K. Chesterton


Inspiring Scripture for Cancer Patients:

  1. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
  2. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. –Matthew 11:28
  3. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
  4. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” – Psalm 107:19-21
  5. LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. – Psalm 30:2
  6. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:4-5
  7. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.” – Psalm 103:2-4
  8. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. – Psalm 147:3
  9. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
  10. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24




Dear God, make us aware of the people around us who need our help. Give us the strength and wisdom to comfort those who are hurting.   ~Amen.

~Taken from Once a Day At the Table





One thought on “A Friend to Comfort #127

  1. “12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. 13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.” ~Job 2:12-13


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