The Importance of Comfort

Eddie Cooper

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” - 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4.

At difficult times in other people’s lives, we want to do our best to comfort them. Words often seem to be inadequate. For instance, when an individual has suffered a loss, having another to spend some time with him or her can be very comforting. However, the sadness may return once the comforter leaves. People suffering with pain may gain comfort from strong medication, but when the drugs wear off, the relief is gone as well. Such comforts—though very real and greatly appreciated—are only temporary. Perhaps, when this is what is being experienced in our life, as Christians, we should accept it as a reminder there is something grander yet to come. That understanding in itself can be a source of great comfort.

 The Greek word translated “comfort” literally refers to a calling to one’s side. Since we have been called to live a life alongside of God and His will, we should have great comfort through his abiding awareness and presence as we trust in the hope that is ours in Christ. That is why Paul referred to it as ETERNAL COMFORT. In 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17, we read, “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” Comforted in such a way, we can then press on in his “good work and word” entrusted to us.

Paul wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are NOT WORTH COMPARING WITH THE GLORY THAT IS TO BE REVEALED TO US.” (Romans 8:18) Like Paul, let us remember the suffering that he has discussed will pass and be replaced by a glory of such significance that there is just no comparison – not a transient comfort, but an ETERNAL COMFORT because of the “good hope” we have by His grace. -1036 Greenland Circle, South Charleston, WV 25309.

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