2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – “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 receive from God.”

Have you heard this saying from John Henry Jowett: “God does not comfort us to make us comfortable but to make us comforters.”

Here’s an interesting note, The New Testament book of 2 Corinthians uses the word comfort/encouragement in one form or another 29 times.

I got that from Warren Wiersbe, who also writes: “What do 2 Corinthians 1:3, Ephesians 1:3, and 1 Peter 1:3 have in common? All three are doxologies, praising the Lord for what He does for His people. They deal with past, present and future blessings in the Christian life. In your sufferings, take time to praise the Lord. It is good medicine for a hurting heart.”

I like what he wrote in his commentary: “Your God is the God of all comfort 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 the midst of our trials and hardships rarely does someone saying such things or quoting Scripture calm or comfort us in the moment our present pain. But may the light of our hope and trust in our Lord shine through today and the days ahead. The Holy Spirit will continue to water those seeds planted from the ministry of comfort and compassion which are passed to others so we may be such a blessing to those around us who also suffer such things.

The tip of the day: “Be kind, for everyone you know is fighting a battle you nothing about.”

I consider myself a Man of Hope. My hope at this moment is that this article and these next two Scriptures may be a blessing of comfort offered with deep compassion.

Philippians 2:13 – “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work His good pleasure.”

Hebrews 3:13 – “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today’; that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

FYI – Our opening verse carries the word “comfort” four times. 

I close with a quote form Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”

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