Comfort is yours. Pray.

Paul uses the Greek word for “comfort” ten times in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7—do you think this may be the theme of these verses?

He begins developing his theme by presenting a crystal clear image of God.

“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” (1:3-4a).

All comfort is ultimately sourced in God. The flip side of that is to say that worldly comfort—comfort not sourced in God—is ultimately empty, vain, hollow comfort.

Seeing God as Your Compassionate Father 

The Greek word for “compassion” means to feel another person’s agony. People in Paul’s day used the word to signify sympathetic lament.

God laments our pain; God aches when we ache; He weeps when we weep. He is the Father of compassion.

Is this our image of God when life is bad?

In your suffering, do you see God as your Father who sympathetically laments with you?

Seeing God as Your Comforting Father 

The word for “comfort” pictures God fortifying us—he gives us his strength to endure.

Paul and others used the word “comfort” to picture:

  • A lawyer advocating for a client
  • A mother wrapping her arms of protection around her child
  • A solider standing back to back with a comrade in danger

God is the God of all comfort.

In the midst of our suffering, is that our image of God? 

In your suffering, do you see God as your Advocate, as your Protector, as your Ally?

The presence of Christ in our lives is not a guarantee for the absence of heartache. Trouble will cross our paths from time to time. Paul describes two kinds of people and their God.

Let’s start with Paul’s picture of God: God the Father is compassionate and ready to comfort. His comfort is real and revitalizing. It enables us to pick ourselves up and not only keep going but help those who are, in turn, in need of comfort. He sends comfort to people through other people.

He can do this because He is the Father of our Lord Jesus!

He sent His Son into our midst to share in our sufferings to experience our humanity. Just as Jesus comforted Mary and Martha at the tomb of Lazarus and as He wept with them, He comforts and weeps with us. The Father’s sacrifice of his Son is the extent of His desire to be near and comfort us. The Son experienced separation from the Father so that we never have to.

Now we get to the two kinds of people Paul refers to, and we could be either:

We could be those in need of comfort – in which case we need to draw near to a strong gracious Father who will help us through our trouble and help us to keep going. We also need to be humble enough to accept that God may send another person through whom He will help us.

We can also be people who have received comfort and can comfort others. If this is the case, let’s be caring, sensitive, and God-revealing.

Published by Fellowship of Praise: ALL praise to God our Reason, Hallelujah!!!

To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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