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 God. 


Many think that when God comforts us, our 
hardships should go away.  But if that were always so, 
people would turn to God only to be relieved of 
pain and not out of love for him.  We must 
understand that comfort can also mean receiving 
strength, encouragement, and hope to deal with our 
hardships.  The more we suffer, the more comfort God 
gives us (1:5).  If you are feeling overwhelmed, 
allow God to comfort you as he can.  Remember that 
every trial you endure will later become an 
opportunity to minister to other people suffering 
similar hardships.  [Life Application SB] 


God Wants to Comfort You
   My childs feelings are hurt. I tell 
her shes special.  
   My child is injured. I do whatever it 
takes to make her feel better. 
   My child is afraid. I wont go to sleep 
until she is secure. 
   Im not a hero. Im not a superstar. 
Im not unusual. Im a parent. When a child 
hurts, a parent does what comes naturally. He 
   And after I help, I dont charge a fee. 
I dont ask for a favor in return. When my 
child cries, I dont tell her to buck up, act 
tough, and keep a stiff upper lip. Nor do I consult 
a list and ask her why she is still scraping 
the same elbow or waking me up again. 
   Im not a prophet, nor the son of one, 
but something tells me that in the whole scheme 
of things the tender moments described above 
are infinitely more valuable than anything I do 
in front of a computer screen or congregation. 
Something tells me that the moments of comfort I give 
my child are a small price to pay for the joy 
of someday seeing my daughter do for her 
daughter what her dad did for her. 
   Moments of comfort from a parent. As a 
father, I can tell you they are the sweetest moments 
in my day. They come naturally. They come 
willingly. They come joyfully. 
   If all of that is true, if I know that 
one of the privileges of fatherhood is to 
comfort a child, then why am I so reluctant to let 
my heavenly Father comfort me? 
   Why do I think he wouldnt want to hear 
about my problems? (They are puny compared to 
people starving in India.) 
   Why do I think he is too busy for me? 
(Hes got a whole universe to worry about.) 
   Why do I think hes tired of hearing 
the same old stuff? 
   Why do I think he groans when he sees me 
   Why do I think he consults his list when 
I ask for forgiveness and asks, Dont you 
think youre going to the well a few too many 
times on this one? 
   Why do I think I have to speak a holy 
language around him that I dont speak with anyone 
   Why do I not take him seriously when he 
questions, If you, then, though you are evil, know 
how to give good gifts to your children, how 
much more will your Father in heaven give good 
gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:11) 
   Why dont I let my Father do for me 
what I am more than willing to do for my own 
   Im learning, though. Being a parent is 
better than a course on theology. Being a father is 
teaching me that when I am criticized, injured, or 
afraid, there is a Father who is ready to comfort 
me. There is a Father who will hold me until 
Im better, help me until I can live with the 
hurt, and who wont go to sleep when Im 
afraid of waking up and seeing the dark. 
   Ever. And thats enough. [Max Lucado 
Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 


The Promise of Comfort
God longs to comfort us when we are afraid, 
uncertain, or hurting. 
   The Bible is filled with Gods 
promises, and together theyre woven into a 
beautiful tapestry depicting His goodness. Among the 
greatest of all the threads is the promise of Gods 
comfort. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, we learn that He is 
the Father of all mercies and God of all 
comfort. Likewise, in Hebrews 13:5, the author 
reminds us of the Lords pledge: I will never 
desert you, nor will I ever abandon you. We are 
not alone in this life, left to muddle through 
it as best we can. We have a loving heavenly 
Father who walks alongside us through it all. 
   That means that no matter what youre 
facing in life - whether its a financial crisis, 
a health scare, strained relationships, or 
even everyday hardships"God is your refuge and 
strength, able to protect and console you no matter 
what (Psalm 46:1). He understands your pain and 
fear, your anger and doubt, and He is sufficient 
to care for and aid you through even the 
darkest seasons of life. 
   Choose a book of the Bible, and as you 
read it, list the many promises God makes to His 
children. How do you feel, knowing the Ruler of the 
universe cares for you in this way? [In Touch Daily 
Devotional by Charles Stanley at www.intouch.org] 


   I was just getting to know the woman 
sitting across from me, but we'd connected and found 
we had some painful things in common. I was on 
the other side of my crisis; she'd barely begun 
   It felt strange to be having this 
conversation in the same place where I'd confided a 
devastating secret to a friend several years earlier. 
Her comfort had strengthened me to face what 
came next and provided me with an example of how 
to minister to others. 
   I had an opinion about what my new friend 
should do but thought I should leave the decision 
to her and Jesus alone. I could pray with her 
as others had prayed with me, hug her, share 
her tears, and keep my promise to stay in touch. 
Jesus had comforted me through friends, and now it 
was my turn to be there for someone else. 
   When we are in the throes of a 
life-altering trial, it is all we can do to cling to 
belief that we will one day use our experiences to 
help others. We may listen to a story that is 
eerily similar to ours and know that this is our 
chance to offer comfort. We can empathize in ways 
that are impossible for those who haven't been 
there and know when to speak and when not to. In 
those moments, we feel surprisingly grateful for 
the hard thing that we thought we'd never 
survive and the comfort that came through Jesus and 
those He placed in our path. Jeanette Hanscome 
   Faith Step: Consider how a past trial has 
equipped you to help others. Who do you have 
compassion for now? Who have you helped already? 
[Mornings With Jesus 2019 Devotional by Guideposts and 

The Best Use of Your Deepest Pain
   When youre going through pain, you can 
choose to focus on yourself or on other people. 
When you choose to focus on serving other hurting 
people, thats called redemptive suffering. It is 
the highest and best use of your pain. 
   No matter what pain you've gone through, 
Jesus wants to redeem your suffering. He doesn't 
want it to be wasted! He wants to use it to help 
other people when they are in pain. 
   "[God] comforts us in all our troubles so 
that we can comfort others. When they are 
troubled, we will be able to give them the same 
comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for 
Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort 
through Christ" (2 Corinthians 1:4-5 NLT). 
   Who's better qualified to help a 
struggling veteran than somebody who's been a 
struggling veteran? Who's better qualified to help 
someone recovering from a prescription drug 
addiction than somebody who has recovered from a 
prescription drug addiction? Who could better help 
someone who is suffering from a chronic illness than 
someone who has also suffered in the same way? 
   Your greatest ministry will come out of 
your deepest pain. If you'll be honest with God, 
others, and yourself about whatever struggle 
youve faced, then that struggle will become your 
   Sharing your strengths doesn't make you 
feel any closer to someone. But when you share 
the experiences that have led you to surrender 
to God and rely on his strength, then youll 
be connected to others more deeply than you can 
imagine. Why? Because when you"as a broken 
person"share with other broken people how God has 
restored you, youre not just sharing something you 
have in common. Youre sharing hope that other 
people can also experience redemption through Jesus 
   Sharing your pain helps you and the 
people around you to grow in Christ. Using your 
pain to serve others is a form of ministry. 
   Dont waste your pain. Let God use it 
for your greatest ministry. [Daily Devotional by 
Rick Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


   Let my unfailing Love be your comfort. 
One definition of "comfort" is a person or thing 
that makes you feel less upset or frightened 
during a time of trouble. Because you live in such 
a broken world, trouble is never far away. 
There are many sources of comfort in the world, 
yet only one of them is unfailing: My Love! 
Other sources will help you some of the time, but 
My tender Presence is with you all of the time. 
   My perfect, inexhaustible Love is not 
just a thing that makes you feel less upset; 
its also a Person. Nothing in all creation can 
separate you from Me. And I am inseparable from My 
   As My cherished follower, you can turn to 
Me for comfort at all times. Since you have 
this boundless Source of blessing " Me - I want 
you to be a blessing in the lives of other 
people. You can comfort those in any trouble with 
the comfort you have received from Me. (Psa. 
119:76; John 16:33; Rom. 8:38, 39; 2Co. 1:3,4) 
[Jesus Always by Sarah Young] 

   Let My consolation - My comfort - bring 
Joy to your soul. When anxiety is welling up 
within you, come to Me and pour out your heart. 
Then sit quietly in My Presence while I comfort 
you, helping you see things from My perspective. 
I remind you of your heavenly destination, for 
you are indeed on your way to Glory! I infuse My 
Joy and Peace into your heart, mind, and soul.  
   When you are joyful, this changes the way 
you view the world around you. Even though you 
see much darkness, you can also see the Light of 
My Presence continuing to shine. Moreover, the 
Joy in your soul gives you buoyancy, enabling 
you to rise above the countless problems in your 
life. Once you have gained this perspective, you 
will discover that you can comfort others in the 
midst of their troubles. They will find in you the 
consolation that you have found in Me. Thus My Joy in 
you becomes contagious, "infecting" those around 
you with Joy in their souls! (Psa. 94:19; 62:8; 
2Co. 1:3, 4) [Jesus Always by Sarah Young mod] 


   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] 


Blessings by Laura Story (mercies in 


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



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred