2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 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.
I woke up this morning with the word “comfort” on my heart. Today is the day that we say a final goodbye to a friend. God tells us in these two verses of scripture that He comforts us in all our troubles so that when others are going through difficulties we may be able to comfort them. We are “comfort carriers”!
Comfort – Greek word paraklesis – means: A calling alongside to help, to comfort, to give consolation or encouragement.
The most important name for a Comforter that I find in the Word of God is the name of the Holy Spirit as being the Paraclete; One who is called alongside to help, comfort, to give consolation or encouragement. Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as the Paraclete in John 14:16:
(AMP) And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart, because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.
The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father to live within the hearts of those who would receive Jesus as Savior and Lord to be their Comforter, Helper, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby. He comforts and helps us when we are going through difficulties so that we can pass that same comfort and help on to others that we encounter who are experiencing difficulty in their lives.
Paul went on to say in 2 Corinthians 1:5-7 that his comfort abounded through Christ. In other words, when he experienced difficulties, trials and persecutions, suffering in his walk through Christianity, that he found an abundance of consolation or comfort through Christ. He said earlier in verse 3 that God is the God of all comfort. We have this hope in Christ Jesus that we can know that when we go through difficult times He is right there to comfort and help us! We do not got through difficult times alone. The Holy Spirit lives within us to give us comfort!
Another thing that I noticed about comfort in the Word is that God instructs us to comfort one another. As He comforts us we are to pass it on to others!
2 Corinthians 1:4 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.
God is always working on both ends of a situation, in the lives of all involved. He gives us the comfort so we will be strengthened through the difficulty and then expects us to pass it on to those who may be experiencing the same things. Having lost a husband and understanding the pain that is involved in that experience I feel a closeness to those who may be going through that same trial. My heart goes out to the widow who has lost her mate. As I was comforted by God and those around me I am now able to comfort others who are hurting.
2 Corinthians 7:6 Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.
God works through other believers to bring comfort to those who are downcast and hurting. He moves through His Body, the believers.
2 Corinthians 7:13 Therefore we have been comforted in your comfort. And we rejoiced exceedingly more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all.
For the Body of Christ to function as it should, everyone involved must be ready to offer comfort to those around them who are hurting and brokenhearted. One of the things that Jesus said He was sent to do as Savior and Lord was to heal the brokenhearted.
Luke 4:18, 19 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD”
As He is the head and we are the body, our responsibility is to function at the direction of the Head. We are His hands and feet, moving in harmony with His instructions and in so doing healing the brokenhearted.
1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
If you have received Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord you are a member of His body.
1 Corinthians 12:18 But now God has set the members each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.
God places us in the Body of Christ as members as He pleases; each with a different gift or ability of His Spirit to function as a whole. Our job is to be ready to move at His direction operating through the power of the Holy Spirit as He anoints us to do the work of ministry; to comfort, heal, bring deliverance and freedom to those who are bound by sin, sickness and disease and oppression; to comfort and strength those who are hurting.
1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
1 Corinthians 12:26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
As I think back to when I lost my husband I experienced first hand the comfort of the Body of Christ. I had been in the Kansas City area for only three months when Larry died. I had a new job where I was not very well known, a new church home in which I knew very few people and yet the members of that church gathered around me and carried me through the months of grief that I experienced. I lived in a small basement apartment as I had not had time to even get into a new house where I could hold a funeral dinner after the funeral. My sister-in-law opened her home for that meal that my new church family so graciously provided. It was a very difficult time for me that was complicated by being so new to the area and away from all my old friends that I had so depended upon in the past. But the comfort that comes from Christ knows no stranger, for in His Body all are brothers and sisters, the family of God.
May we always function in the gifting of the Body of Christ; looking for the hurting, ready to comfort those who are brokenhearted!
Father, I pray this morning for those who are hurting that may be needing Your comfort. I pray that You will place people around them who will be sensitive to their pain and offer the consolation of the Holy Spirit to carry them through the difficult time. I pray that You will comfort through Your Body and that Your Body will be quick to move into action to bring hope to the hopeless and freedom to those who are oppressed or depressed through the loss of a loved one, a relationship, a home and job; whatever may be the loss. I pray that Your Body will bring that comfort that You give to them. Thank You, Father, for being close to those who are hurting. Thank You for healing the brokenhearted! Thank You for giving hope when their seems to be no hope for tomorrow. Father, I know that there is life after death, whether it be physical death or emotional death. You have a good plan for Your children who are are experiencing pain that seems to have no end. I thank You for bringing them through this to a better tomorrow. Give them the ability to see You in all of this and know that You have a good plan for their lives. Thank You for lifting them up, for granting them peace and for healing their hurts. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.