"Comforted To Comfort." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 on this week's Word of Grace Devotion with Pastor Joe Marquez.
The Word of Grace Devotion for August 26, 2019
Comforted To Comfort
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, 4who 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.”
Beloved, through all the heartache, trials and tribulation, “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4(who) comforts us in all our tribulation.” Yes, God comforts us in all our tribulations!
The Greek word for comfort here is parakaléō, and it means to call near, to call for, and to comfort. To comfort is the sense in which it is used in 2 Corinthians 1. If you think that the word is familiar it is because it is. The Holy Spirit is called the paraklete, the one who comes along side of us to lead us to Christ, to minister to us and to empower us to serve and live out this Christian life.
Therefore, when God comforts us, He comes along side of us and participates in our suffering. His very presence should bring comfort to us. Through every hill and valley, every heartache and heartbreak, God is with us.
But God doesn’t allow these trials and tribulation for nothing. They serve a purpose; primarily to hone us into the image of Christ but also to allow us to minister the same comfort, which we have received, “That we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Hence, our trials, tribulations, and tears are never wasted. God always has a purpose for them and will somehow use them for His glory. Beloved, we have been comforted to comfort!
I pray that you will have a blessed week and that the Lord will comfort you! I love you and I will be praying for you!
In Jesus Name-