“Praise be to 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.”2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When I was a child, I associated giving or needing comfort with the times of mourning the death of a loved one. But I quickly learned our need for comfort is not limited to grief over physical loss. It applies to any distressing situation.
Comfort can arrive in a kind word, a hug, or a written note. It might occur as someone comes alongside us to assist with a task. Comfort might come when a person just sits with us, listening without giving advice.
Caregivers give comfort as they serve their loved one. But to give it, we must also receive it. The strain of caring for another can be draining. Still, while human comfort is helpful, “the God of all comfort” far surpasses human efforts.
“Through Christ our comfort overflows” (v. 5). He is the One who died to reconcile us to the Father. There were times when, at the end of a hard day, I imagined myself running into the arms of my Abba Father. What a relief to be wrapped in His comfort! Thankfully, as God comforts us, we’re able to share that same comfort with others.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Are you in need of comfort today? Pour out your heart to the One who understands. Then allow His comfort to wash over you.
Bible In A Year
- Ezekiel 21-22
- Psalm 141
- Colossians 3-4