2 Corinthians 1:3-5

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“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 affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Behind the Scenes
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This is another of Paul’s epistles, written to the church at Corinth, a church he himself had planted and who had been struggling to stay the course due to their own rebellion and the teachings of false teachers. This letter is perhaps one of the more intimate looks we get into the heart of Paul as he encourages the Church to stay the course and reject false teaching.

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Paul cared deeply for the church in Corinth, as evidenced by the language he used in his letters to them. But he also wished to be completely real and authentic with those he loved, knowing that the only way for them to grow in their faith was for them to have a realistic view of what it truly meant to follow Christ. So, Paul shares in his letters to them about the harder side of our faith as well as the good.

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This letter is incredibly applicable even today, as we currently struggle with many of the same issues that Paul addressed in Corinth. Today, I want to primarily focus in on this balance between suffering and comfort that Paul wrote about in this passage.

See, the truth that Paul is drawing us to is that in our walk with Christ we will inevitably have suffering. Trials will always come, maybe even more so when you are walking in Christ. But we do not suffer alone, and we do not suffer without hope.

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I love the word that is used in this passage for “comfort”. It’s the Greek word parakaleō, which literally translated means to draw close. It’s this idea of pulling someone into your arms to cradle and comfort. It’s what a parent does for a child. It’s the tender embrace that offers safety and love.

As I studied the word, I was drawn to something that happened just last night. My daughter was playing on the playground having fun. I was sitting on a nearby bench watching her. One minute she was doing great and the next minute the large swing she was on flipped and sent her sailing off the front. Immediately she broke into tears. I rushed to her, gathered her into my arms and held her while she cried. I rubbed her back where she had gotten hurt and kissed her forehead. I reminded her that she was ok, I was there, and she was safe.

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See, this is what God does for us in our suffering. We may be going along doing just fine and the next minute we are on the ground crying. He didn’t cause the pain any more than I caused the pain of my daughter. Sure, I could have stopped her from playing, afraid that she might get hurt, but then I would have robbed her of the fun she had before she got hurt and even after I comforted her. She was not out of my sight, and she was not out of my care. I allowed her freedom to explore and play. But the minute she needed me, I dropped everything to be by her side, to comfort her, and to love her.

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See, God does not cause us to fall, but when we do, He is faithful to draw us to Himself, to cradle and comfort us. He holds us while we cry and reminds us that He is there, we are safe, and we are loved. He meets us in the pain, in the same way I rushed to my daughter when she was hurting. His eye never leaves us. He watches and is near but allows us the freedom to explore and play.

Where my protection of my daughter is limited, God’s is not. He knows what will happen and allows certain trials to happen because He knows they are for our good. In the same way that my daughter learned from falling off the swing, we too learn from the trials that God allows us to endure. But He never asks us to do it far from Him or away from His loving embrace. And, if we let Him, He will soothe away the pain and comfort us in our trials.

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Heavenly Father,

Thank You for always being near. Thank You that You see me and You see my suffering. Thank You that You are by my side, comforting me and holding me in the pain. Please teach me to turn to You when I am in pain. Teach me to run headlong into Your arms to seek Your comfort and embrace first and foremost. Teach me to turn to You before turning to anything else in this world.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

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“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 affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”

Behind the Scenes

This is another of Paul’s epistles, written to the church at Corinth, a church he himself had planted and who had been struggling to stay the course due to their own rebellion and the teachings of false teachers. This letter is perhaps one of the more intimate looks we get into the heart of Paul as he encourages the Church to stay the course and reject false teaching. 

Paul cared deeply for the church in Corinth, as evidenced by the language he used in his letters to them. But he also wished to be completely real and authentic with those he loved, knowing that the only way for them to grow in their faith was for them to have a realistic view of what it truly meant to follow Christ. So, Paul shares in his letters to them about the harder side of our faith as well as the good. 

This letter is incredibly applicable even today, as we currently struggle with many of the same issues that Paul addressed in Corinth. Today, I want to primarily focus in on this balance between suffering and comfort that Paul wrote about in this passage. 

See, the truth that Paul is drawing us to is that in our walk with Christ we will inevitably have suffering. Trials will always come, maybe even more so when you are walking in Christ. But we do not suffer alone, and we do not suffer without hope.  

Make it Real

I love the word that is used in this passage for “comfort”. It’s the Greek word parakaleō, which literally translated means to draw close. It’s this idea of pulling someone into your arms to cradle and comfort. It’s what a parent does for a child. It’s the tender embrace that offers safety and love. 

As I studied the word, I was drawn to something that happened just last night. My daughter was playing on the playground having fun. I was sitting on a nearby bench watching her. One minute she was doing great and the next minute the large swing she was on flipped and sent her sailing off the front. Immediately she broke into tears. I rushed to her, gathered her into my arms and held her while she cried. I rubbed her back where she had gotten hurt and kissed her forehead. I reminded her that she was ok, I was there, and she was safe. 

See, this is what God does for us in our suffering. We may be going along doing just fine and the next minute we are on the ground crying. He didn’t cause the pain any more than I caused the pain of my daughter. Sure, I could have stopped her from playing, afraid that she might get hurt, but then I would have robbed her of the fun she had before she got hurt and even after I comforted her. She was not out of my sight, and she was not out of my care. I allowed her freedom to explore and play. But the minute she needed me, I dropped everything to be by her side, to comfort her, and to love her. 

See, God does not cause us to fall, but when we do, He is faithful to draw us to Himself, to cradle and comfort us. He holds us while we cry and reminds us that He is there, we are safe, and we are loved. He meets us in the pain, in the same way I rushed to my daughter when she was hurting. His eye never leaves us. He watches and is near but allows us the freedom to explore and play. 

Where my protection of my daughter is limited, God’s is not. He knows what will happen and allows certain trials to happen because He knows they are for our good. In the same way that my daughter learned from falling off the swing, we too learn from the trials that God allows us to endure. But He never asks us to do it far from Him or away from His loving embrace. And, if we let Him, He will soothe away the pain and comfort us in our trials.  

Crystal garnett

Crystal garnett

ACF Digital Discipleship Team Leader

End in Prayer

Heavenly Father, 

Thank You for always being near. Thank You that You see me and You see my suffering. Thank You that You are by my side, comforting me and holding me in the pain. Please teach me to turn to You when I am in pain. Teach me to run headlong into Your arms to seek Your comfort and embrace first and foremost. Teach me to turn to You before turning to anything else in this world.  

In Jesus’ Name, 

Amen 

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