3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 7 Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. ~~2 Corinthians 1:3-7
What this passage says:
- Verse 3 — Paul blesses the God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Why? Because He is the Father of mercies and God of all comfort!
- Verse 4 — Does God only comfort us in one trial? No! This verse clearly states that God comforts us in all of our afflictions. But this raises the question: How does God comfort us when He’s in heaven? The answer is: He uses the Body of Christ, His Church! People will come alongside you to bring comfort to you in your affliction.
- Verse 5 — Let your friends and family know of your sufferings. Be transparent with them. When you do this, you also share with them your comfort. Another name for this is informal biblical counseling. We sometimes call it disciple-making by “sharpening” one another.
“Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” ~~Prov. 27:17
- Verse 6 — Comfort and salvation come from affliction. You’ll experience comfort when you patiently endure the SAME sufferings of others.
- Verse 7 — There is unshaken hope for the Corinthians. And guess what? There’s unshaken hope for us too! And that’s found in Jesus Christ alone!
Suggested Application/Spiritual Growth:
- Praise God for comforting us in all of our afflictions.
- Share your sufferings with your Trusted Christian Friend, and he/she will bring comfort to you. Your TCF may even share his/her sufferings with you. In that case, try to bring comfort to them, as well.
–Mark and Rachel Shaw (thankful for the comfort God provides through the Body of Christ)