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Comfort

September 6, 2020

2 CORINTHIANS 1:3-5  – THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

“It was as if hope had appeared out of nowhere to settle beside her and it wasn’t going anywhere, it wasn’t going to desert her now.”
― Alice Hoffman

Often we want to ride out on the wave of what other people are thinking about or the urge and obsession to know the mind of God. Even great scientist were overcome with this passion they set themselves and died not knowing the mind of God and sadly neither the wonderful attributes of God.
Paul the apostle and his brother in Christ, Timothy, whom he also calls his son addressed the church at Corinth on God’s great mercy and what it means to overflow with the comfort of God and how to abound in comfort given through God so they (we) in turn can give it to others.

all comfort‘ in this passage come from the ancient Greek word paraklesis and the Latin word for comfort (fortis), means “brave.” The comfort which flows from God’s being is not only about simple soothing, it is stronger and deeper than that, it makes us brave, it brings us courage, it is a comfort that instills within to help others who are going through trials and tribulations, the very same which Paul the apostle experienced. And this is why the Apostle can speak with authority by the will of God on God’s all comfort.

Paul and Timothy experienced God’s comfort first hand. The letters of Paul is a testimony to his knowledge and experience of living and abiding in the full comfort of God. Spurgeon writes of Paul, that he was a man who in all circumstances praised and blessed God despite the cruelty he endured at the hands of his mighty enemies. God was never far from Paul in all his perils and trials. He wrote openly in his letters about these perils and trials. Most of us faced some of these perils in our own walk with Christ and even when we were faraway from Him. We faced rejection like Paul. His very own people received him not. He found himself stranded in the wilderness and wrecked at sea, sleepless, thirsty and hungry. Aren’t these trials so familiar in our own lives. Rejection, loneliness, isolation and weariness, yet we are made strong by the hand of God. There is no weakness in the all comfort of God. To know God is to know the strength of love and compassion.

“She knew the soothing power of a human touch on aching flesh. Knew the strange bond that formed when two creatures united in mutual need, one hurting, the other healing.”
― Susan Wiggs, At the King’s Command

God works towards and for the good of other people’s lives by the comfort we bring.

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Wishing you a Beautiful and Glorious Sunday as you abide in the full comfort of God.

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