Matthew 5:4 // Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Isaiah 61:1-3 // …bind up the brokenhearted and proclaim the hour when the mourners would be comforted…
1 John 2:1 // My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.
In the midst of my sin, Jesus is for me.
John 14:16-18 // And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.
The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you…
Romans 15:4 // For whatever was written before was written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Philippians 2:1 // Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love?
Shame hardens the heart and makes intimacy with God impossible.