Where Does Comfort Come From?
March 18, 2021
Content and Thoughts Based Upon 2 Corinthians 1
THE MEANING OF COMFORT
Comfort means to strengthen, assist, support, relieve, encourage, alleviate, and console. It is the desire to help someone who is feeling sad and to ease their discomfort - - be it physical or emotional upset.
In 2 Corinthians 1, we get a glimpse into the source of the origin of comfort. It comes from God. “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 have received from God.”
When Christ walked this earth, the enemy was on his heels 24/7 and was constantly bombarded with negativity, stress, discouragement, and struggles. Yet, He did not succumb to any of it. But, while He experienced it, it allowed Him to understand fully what we have to go through. So, He fully understands our needs and wants to provide to us "His comfort" through it.
Empathy and sympathy are awakened for both the giver and receiver. What is it about comforting that invokes these feelings? They can only come from God. We certainly could not manufacture those feelings for ourselves.
God’s comfort flows to believers. It equips us to comfort others who are in trouble. I felt comforted in reading this text! Knowing that God comforts me, that’s a big deal. And that is what the Bible does to us as we read it – it is a constant source of comfort!
To read more of God's "love" promises to us, select the link on our web page entitled "God's Promises."