2 Corinthians 1:3-5, “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.”
Comfort – paraklēsis – imploration, hortation, solace:—comfort, consolation, exhortation, intreaty. There is consolation that comes from God. God is our Father who is there to wrap His arms around us and hold us tight.
God is our Father and also the Father of Jesus. He is there for us and blesses those who are His. He is also merciful. Merciful in the fact that He does keep us accountable for our sins but still sent His Son to die in our place for those sins. Jesus came to give us instructions on how to live but also came to die for the sins of the world. He is the perfect sacrifice that God accepts and then allows us to be in Heaven with Him.
God is also a God of comfort. He especially gives comfort in times where struggle occurs. When there is struggle, there is anger, stress, anxiety, depression and several other emotions. God is able to replace those emotions with joy and happiness. His warm embrace can make all the worries of the world go away. This is because we serve a God that is bigger than the problems of the world. He is bigger than whatever we are going through. His comfort also serves a secondary purpose.
God put people on Earth to comfort each other. When God made Adam, He gave Adam a helpmate. He knew that Adam would be lonely, get depressed, and need help. God saw this need and filled this need. Adam and Eve, after the Garden of Eden, would need each other more than ever. Comfort to get through each pregnancy. Comfort to get through the problems of life.
Today, people become friends with each other to find love, friendship, but most importantly, comfort. The embrace of a hug can make things better. When married, a soul mate will offer a comfort that is needed. God puts people together to be there for each other. God does not wish that people would be apart and alone. Aloneness can lead to many problems. When people are together, there is a sense of togetherness that brings everyone together.
This is also the reason there are support groups for people. People who are linked together by a common thread, People are able to share their stories and help each other out in these cases. God wants us to comfort others just like He comforts us. We need to be there for our friends, family, neighbors and even acquaintances. Comfort should be given to let others know that you care.
Comfort is of God. God gives comfort. His creation is to get comfort to itself. This is how we are to be. Life can be tough and not enjoyable. It can also be fun and rewarding. With comfort, life can be more manageable. If you need help, pray to God. If you need help, find others who are going through what you are going through. Find a church family that can be there for you and pray for you. Prayer can bring comfort like a hug. Let us comfort each other today,
Thank You for all that You do for us. I pray especially for the comfort that you offer us. You know our needs and know what each and every one of us is going through. You gave us the example of comfort so that we can spread this to others. I pray that we use the gift of comfort for others. To lift up others that are hurting. To lift up others that are worse off than us. I also pray that there are those that can be a comfort to others. Comfort should not be a one-way street. It should be a roundabout that goes in a circular motion. Comfort should go to all so that all can be comforted. I pray for comfort for this hurting world.
In Your name we pray,