2 Corinthians 1:3-5
“Blessed by 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 affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”
When life is tiring, when you are struggling with your sin, when family members aren’t saved, when bills aren’t paid, when school is difficult, when work is exhausting, when your health is failing, when your loved ones are hurt, when the future is unsure, and when a good friend leaves, it is easy to be discouraged.
Discouragement is a thief. It steals your vitality, your zeal, your joy, your peace, and your contentment. If discouragement dwells long with you, its friends will soon join. Their names are fatigue, hopelessness, despair, self-pity, depression, doubt, and bitterness. Sometimes, discouragement can be so strong that you even don’t want to go on living.
Discouragement is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. It is the result of blindness. It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. It is unawareness of the presence of God, unconcern for the needs of our fellow man, and unbelief in the promises of His Word.
If we have nothing to rely on, or we forget our blessing and look to our circumstances, then that is when discouragement begins to take hold. Instead, what we need is encouragement. We need hope and peace and the knowledge that the Lord knows our troubles has great concern and compassion for us and is not leaving us unloved or uncared for.
Keeping your eyes on Jesus is the best way to be encouraged. In Him, you can have comfort and peace and encouragement. You need to find Him and His words, and by faith rest in Him.
Be encouraged because God is a God of mercy and comfort.
Verse 3. Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort
God is called the Father of Mercies. Mercy is something that is felt in the heart. In God’s very heart, He feels mercy towards us.
He is the author of mercy. His mercy toward you brings salvation, the forgiveness of sins and deliverance from eternal damnation… and this, because of Jesus, because of His sacrifice, because of His shed blood for us.
God is the God of mercy: Psalm 86:5, “You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.”
The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter in the KJV in John 14:26: “But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
All comfort comes from God who is the God of comfort, of mercy, and love.
It isn’t an angel, or a cosmic force, a pill, psychotherapy, or a quick and clever slogan that warms your heart and lifts you up. It is God.
But you may ask, “How is the Comfort received from God?”
By faith – because God says He is the God of comfort, then you need to believe it and act upon it; that is, you need to trust Him and receive His comfort as He provides it.
From others – God uses His people to comfort you. When you have a problem doesn’t the Lord send someone with an encouraging word, a helping hand, or a shoulder to cry on.
Through His word – reading and hearing – The words of God are beautiful and there for our instruction and encouragement.
By the Holy Spirit. He is called the Comforter. He dwells in you.