2 Corinthians 1:4-6 New Living Translation (NLT)
4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.
Comforted by God. In John 16 you find Jesus telling his disciples about what is going to happen to him. Jesus is about to face the cross to clear the way for a relationship with us. He is telling them that circumstances during and immediately following this event will be a dark and trying time for them. Jesus says “But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts”. The amplified version adds in “and taken complete possession of your heart”. Have you ever been in a circumstance where you feel like your heart is drowning in that moment? I remember waking up the morning after losing my sister in a house fire and being puzzled by the emotion of everything around me. The sun was out shining, people were smiling and going on with their lives, like nothing had happened. I felt as if life had swallowed me whole. But God orchestrated a group of people to step into my life and share the hope of Jesus. As I started to spend time with God, the pain started to ease and I knew that God would bring peace and healing to my drowned heart. At the end of John 16, Jesus tells his disciples that he is sending them a comforter. The comforter (Holy Spirit) brought the disciple into unity and on one accord to set the foundation of the church. That same Holy Spirit is active in our lives today bringing healing to our drowned hearts.
Your comfort is not the end. Paul writes in verse four that “He (God) comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.” The church is not a place for perfect people. The church is a place for the people who know and trust in the truths of God and for people who may be unsure and testing out those truths. Yes, God comforts us because he loves us. He also loves the person sitting next to you who has not been brought comfort yet after their situation. We have the opportunity to be used by God to bring healing and comfort to other’s drowned hearts.
A Selfless discomfort. In verse six Paul writes “Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer”. Paul understands and knows that God is faithful to comfort. He fully acknowledges that trials and the discomfort will come, and he realizes the end result. His faith in God will grow deeper and closer and that will benefit the new believers.
(Kavon Pearson, Community Youth Pastor)