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 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.

To say that God is good to his people is an understatement. God cares for us in ways that are visible and in ways that are not visible. From the dawn of humanity, God has been about the work of good in the lives of people. Human past is filled with stories of our great God who has honored perfectly his nature as a God of love, of mercy, of peace, and of comfort.

In his introductory remarks in 2 Corinthians, Paul pens a blessing—it is a blessing in praise of a God who comforts. Paul asserts that the God who saved us is the one who is the source of true comfort, “in all our affliction.” In the two verses quoted above, Paul mentions comfort five times (and will go on in the following three verses to mention it five more times). It was important for the church in Corinth to recognize God’s work of comfort, and God’s purposes in bringing comfort to his people.

God intends that we be equipped through his comfort to be able to be a source of comfort for others—that is, that we be people who encourage others, who bring relief to others, who console others, and who exhort others. Through his Spirit whom he has caused to live in us (that same Spirit whom Jesus refers to as “Comforter”), God brings comfort to us, and God prepares us to comfort others.


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