2 Cor.1:2,3 – May undeserved favor and endless peace be yours continually from our Father God and from our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One! All praises belong to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he is the Father of tender mercy and the God of endless comfort.
Paul had more than his share of suffering, thankfully he also had a double portion of comfort and mercy from the hand of the Lord. This letter to the Corinthians comes to an apex when Paul actually lists the sufferings he had endured and then gives us a glimpse of his heavenly comfort he received when he was caught up in the Spirit to heaven. The Lord told Paul, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness”. Apparently, God’s comfort comes proportionally according to the stuff we endure for His Name. Here are some thoughts about the comfort of the Lord from the Passion Notes.
“Unlike Paul’s other letters, he skips over making his customary pleasant greeting to the Corinthians and begins this letter bursting with exuberant praise to God, who had delivered him from all of his painful ordeals. Tender mercy and compassion originate with God. As a kind father has compassion on his children, so God tenderly cares for each one of us. When suffering greets us, the God of mercy sustains us. His comfort is permanent and endless.”
So maybe you have been treading through some deep water lately. If so, amazing comfort is available to you. The Holy Spirit is that comfort, the Paraclete. He comes alongside us in our darkest moments and fills us with supernatural comfort from the Lord. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on the comfort of the Lord.
“The Lord is able to give peace to the troubled conscience, and to calm the raging passions of the soul. These blessings are given by him, as the Father of his redeemed family. It is our Savior who says, Let not your heart be troubled. All comforts come from God, and our sweetest comforts are in him.”
Now this is what this comfort is all about. The whole world is in a state of upheaval. Many folks are really, really scared. Paul said that the proportional comfort was given to us that we can comfort the others, especially the new believers.