2 Corinthians 1:3-4..3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
V.3 “Father of mercies.“ The Lord God is compassionate and slow to anger in dealing with His children. God demonstrated His mercy in sending Jesus to be the Savior of sinners. We could never deserve or earn God’s mercy toward us as sinners; we receive it by grace [Titus 3:4-7].
“God of all comfort.“ Comfort also means encouragement or consolation. Paul used the word ten times in vv.3-7.
V.4 God “comforts us in all our affliction”, including experiences of persecution, illness, loneliness, personal loss, etc.  He provides encouragement through His Word. [Romans 15:4]  God strengthens believers through the Holy Spirit [Ephesians 3:16].  The Holy Spirit intercedes for us before the Father [Romans 8:26].  God comforts us by working through other believers in the Church [2 Corinthians 7:6-7,13].
The comfort God gives Disciples in our affliction makes us able to be used by God to comfort “those who are in any kind of affliction”. Jesus-centered not self-centered,
Henry Luke 4/30/2018
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