Paul opens his second letter to the church at Corinth with his blessing– grace and peace from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. And then he describes God the Father as “The source of all comfort.”

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“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father, and the source of all comfort. 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.” 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 NLT

Even throughout the Old Testament, God was the Great Comforter. He is the Champion of the oppressed, the fatherless, the widows, and many were the childless women to whom He gave children of promise. Even the great warrior David, faced with the abduction of his entire family, the destruction of Ziklag his home town, and the death threats of his mutinous troops— David encouraged himself in the Lord.

Today, God is still the Father of all comfort. He still comforts the oppressed, the troubled, the broken-hearted. And His comfort, once given, is the gift that keeps on giving. For the soul who has once been comforted by God is given opportunity to pass that same comfort on to others who are in trouble. The comfort of God grows stronger as it is spread from one of His Children to another; but the source and origin is always God our Merciful Father Himself.



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