2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 - God of All Comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 - God of All Comfort.

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 


   "What is your only comfort in life and in death?" The first 
question of the Heidelberg Catechism - one of the great documents of the 
church - gets right to the heart of human despair. It is a question few 
people can face without a frown, for real comfort is hard to come by.  
   Paul, of all people, knows what it is like to feel despair. 
After all, he has been persecuted for his faith just about everywhere 
he has gone. But that is not the sum of Paul's experience - he also 
knows God's comfort personally. Because Paul knows how good God's 
comfort is, he wants Christians to rest in it and feel its healing 
power. So he writes his second letter to the Corinthians...  
   Paul had an amazing testimony about God's comfort. In Asia, 
Paul was near death, but God was faithful to Paul and not only 
comforted him through his trial but also delivered him from death (2 
Corinthians 1:9-10).  
   Throughout history many people have asked, Why am I 
suffering? At least one of the answers (though not the only one) is this: 
so that the comfort you receive from God can make you a comforter 
to others. Being comforted means receiving strength, encouragement, 
and hope to deal with our troubles. The more we suffer, the more 
comfort God gives us. The point is that we can then comfort people who 
hurt. Apart from experiencing God's comfort, we don't really know how 
to comfort others (1:3-5).  
   If you are feeling overwhelmed, allow God to comfort you. 
Remember that every trial you endure will help you better relate to other 
people who are suffering. After your trial has passed, look around for 
other weary souls who need your compassion and God's comfort. Then 
minister to them by the grace and strength of our Comforter, Jesus 
Christ. [The One Year Through the Bible Devotional by Dave Veerman] 


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] 

   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 

   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] 


   Look to Me continually for help, comfort, and companionship. 
Because I am always by your side, the briefest glance can connect you 
with Me. When you look to Me for help, it flows freely from My 
Presence. This recognition of your need for Me, in small mailers as well 
as in large ones, keeps you spiritually alive.  
   When you need comfort, I love to enfold you in My arms. I 
enable you not only to feel comforted but also to be a channel through 
whom I comfort others. Thus you are doubly blessed, because a living 
channel absorbs some of whatever flows through it.  
   My constant Companionship is the piece de resistance: the 
summit of salvation blessings. No matter what losses you experience in 
your life, no one can take away this glorious gift. (Psa. 34:4-6; 
105:4; 2Co. 1:3, 4) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


Blessings by Laura Story (mercies in disguise) 





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