“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Comfort is a lovely word, isn’t it? We all love comfort! Most of us probably have a comfy chair we like to sit in, or comfort foods we eat often just because we feel better by doing so. But these “comforts” come to an end, they can be taken away, or only last for a short time.
God, however, is the Source of all true comfort. He gives comfort that is complete and eternal, not temporary and fleeting. He comforts us in all our troubles through His indwelling Holy Spirit that abides in every person who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ His Son for the forgiveness of their sins. He ministers to us through His Word, through prayer, and through other brothers and sisters in Christ who come along side us and give us encouragement.
And what are we to take away from the experience of God’s comfort? Experiencing God’s comfort gives us the ability to pass that comfort on to others who are hurting. We are not comforted by God just to be comfortable, but to be comforters. This is the very practical lesson for us all from these verses! When we are aware of a fellow Christian in trouble or need we should fly to their side and do whatever we can to comfort and encourage them.
Many times the troubles we have been through, and how we persevered through them, can be an encouragement to those going through similar situations. When we share the struggles we have had, it makes others, who are currently going through them, feel as though they are not alone.
I truly believe that this may even be why we go through some trials and tribulations in life, not solely for our own growth but to prepare us to pass encouragement on to others who experience the same troubles. Sharing the love and comfort that God gives with others pleases our heavenly Father greatly and brings honor and glory to Him in the process!
Thank You Father God for all Your compassion and comfort that You have shown to me. I love You so Abba Father, help me to pass Your love on to those You bring into my life, for Your glory, Amen!