2 Corinthians 1:3-5
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.
The more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ... I am not saved more or loved more for suffering; I am not impressing God through it. The truth of this passage is that each time I am involved in suffering God matches it with comfort – every time!
When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us... I’ve had two friends recently watch their mothers die after long battles of illness. My mom’s girlfriend lost her husband last week, and my dear friend from church has a son who lost is cancer battle last week too. I’m so glad they were all Believers and are all with Jesus right now. What better comfort is there to give a mourning loved one than talking about the realities of that?! But we visit our sad friends and hug them because by doing so we are “Jesus with skin on” to them. God delivers his comfort to people through people. We don’t have to give any explanations or answers – just hugs.
God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort... How does one comfort another person who just lost a loved one? If they are not with Jesus, what comfort is there to offer? There is NO comfort in acknowledging that they will never enjoy the company of that person again, and absolutely NO comfort in knowing that the unbeliever’s destination is eternal punishment, for God only saves the ones who believe in his Son, Jesus (see Romans 3:22).
JESUS is the comfort God offers the world. There is no real and lasting comfort for those who do not believe in him. Jesus said this: I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart (be comforted & don’t worry), because I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
Thank you for your comfort who is your Son! Thank you that he has defeated all the things that scare us. Thank you that all Believers see HIM one day and get to be united with Him and reunited with their loved ones. Thank you that my dear friends who have all lost someone this past week are enjoying this comfort right now. And even though they are incredibly sad, they are also incredibly glad right now at the same time. That is true comfort and hope – and only you can mix those all together. I love you so much and really appreciate your comfort that can’t be explained but certainly is experienced by those who love and trust in you. Thank you so much, and I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.