2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 - Comfort for Sharing.

2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 - Comfort for Sharing.

2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 (NIV)  Praise be to the God and Father of 
our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all 
comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort 
those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from 

By themselves, suffering and tribulation have no power to make 
men Christ-like. In fact, they make many men morose and bitter. But 
God sanctifies tribulation, and those who find in Him grace and 
strength to endure have solved one of the great problems of life. [SDA 
Bible Commentary] 

   Christians need comfort. While trying to help the church,. 
Paul experienced suffering so intense that he was almost ready to 
give up (vv. 8-9). God does not always shelter His people from 
trials, not even gifted apostles who are doing His will. 'Be kind," said 
John Watson, "for everyone you meet is fighting a battle." 
   Christians receive comfort. Your God is the "God of all 
comfort" (v. 3), and He will give you the grace you need when you need 
it. Sufferings are not accidents; they are divine appointments, and 
your Father is in complete control. You will find comfort in praying, 
in claiming the promises of the Word (vv. 18-20), and in having 
deeper fellowship with the Lord. 
   Christians share comfort. God's comfort is not given; it is 
loaned, and you are expected to pass it on to others. The pain you 
experience now will help you encourage others in their trials. When you 
suffer, avoid self-pity, for self-pity will make you a reservoir instead 
of a channel. If you fail to share God's comfort with others, your 
experience in the furnace will be wasted; and it is a tragic thing to waste 
your sufferings. [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren 

These words bring great encouragement to those who are 
suffering.  We know from these verses that God cares when we hurt and He 
responds to it by comforting us.  We Christians sometimes wonder why God 
allows us to suffer, but the Scriptures don't leave us to wonder on our 
own.  Three reasons for suffering are given in verses 3-11:  First, 
so that we can comfort others that are suffering with the comfort 
we ourselves have received from God;  second, so that we will not 
rely on ourselves, but rather trust God; and third, so that many will 
give thanks as they see God answer the prayers for relief.  Are you 
suffering today?  Ask God to bring comfort to your heart instead of trying 
to bear it alone.  Do you know someone who is struggling?  Share 
with them how God has comforted you in your time of need and then 
pray for them.  You will be able to rejoice when you hear how God 
answered your prayers! [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom] 

   Comfort is a powerful word that means "to strengthen, aid, 
encourage, give hope, alleviate grief, lift one's spirit from loneliness or 
pain." When Paul wrote on comfort in his second letter to the 
Corinthian Christians, he wasn't speaking of it in some hypothetical or 
theoretical way. Paul had experienced profound suffering and trouble, and he 
had received great comfort and encouragement from God and from God's 
people. Paul wanted the believers of that age and all those who followed 
to know that their suffering is never in vain. He was conveying the 
truth that the comfort we receive is part of God's great plan to 
strengthen and help those who are in need. While the source of all comfort 
is God himself, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, he gives us 
the privilege of being conduits of his comfort to those we meet. 
   Has God brought comfort and hope to you when you were 
distressed by waves of trials? Has someone's prayer support lifted you up 
in a time of illness or brokenness? God does not intend for that 
comfort to stagnate in our hearts once we receive it. He wants us to 
dispense it to a hurting world. [Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re 
2Co. 1:3, 4] 

   My favorite portion of Scripture isn't really a verse. It's a 
snippet that occurs 457 times in the King James Version: "And it came to 
   No matter how deep the muck I'm wading through, no matter how 
troubling the trial, I take great comfort in knowing that it came to pass. 
Even in this trying situation, God is sovereign. Everything that 
touches me must first pass through his umbrella of loving-kindness. 
   Daniel had his lions' den; the three Hebrew youths had their 
fiery furnace. Paul had more trials than we can list in a short space, 
and Peter had to look his Savior in the eye after denying him three 
times. My trials may not be nearly as dramatic, but when they threaten 
to sweep me off my feet, I remember that I've not been abandoned. 
Jesus is with me; my heavenly Father is monitoring my progress through 
the valley of the shadow. He knows I'll emerge on the other 
side--even if that other side is eternity--reflecting more of Jesus and less 
of me. 
   And so I rejoice that I've been counted worthy of sharing in 
suffering ... so that I'll also be able to share in the ministry of 
comforting others. 
   Angela Hunt is a novelist, a writer, and author. [The One 
Year Bible Live Verse Devotional] 

"Who then can so softly bind up the wound of another as he who 
has felt the same wound himself?" Thomas Jefferson 

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