Summary: This sermon describes some of the ways God comforts us in our troubles.
Text: 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
Title: Praise be to the Father of Compassion and the God of all comfort.
The apostle Paul opens our scripture text for today by praising God the Father.
He praises him for firstly being the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and secondly for being the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.
Paul came to know that God is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ by divine revelation
In Acts 26 Paul testifies that one day at about noon on the road to Damascus he had a divine revelation and he came to see that God is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If you had asked the Apostle Paul at 11 O Clock that same day if God was the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ he would have said absolutely not!
Now in verse 3 Paul also praises God for being the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.
In verse 4 we come to know how Paul came to this knowledge.
“Who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
How did Paul know that God was the father of compassion and the God of all comfort?
He knew that God was the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort through personal experience.By what God did to him and by what God did through him!
There are some things we can only know by divine revelation and there are some things God wants us to know through personal experience.
One thing God wants us to know by personal experience is that he is the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.
Compassion and comfort go together.
Compassion always moves a person to comfort.
How does one become more compassionate? We become more compassionate by first receiving compassion from God.
God comforts us in all our troubles
Some of the types of trouble God comforts us can be found in our scripture passage.
1. In times of distress (v6)
2. In times of suffering (V6)
3. In times of hardship (v8)
4. In times of great pressure (v8)
5. In times of despair (v9)
6. In times of deadly peril (v9)
7. In times of death (V9)
It’s important to see here that the comfort God gives is a supernatural comfort.
“For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” (V5)
This comfort that the apostle Paul experienced did not come through some self- reliance.
“But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”
It’s a supernatural comfort.
It comes from God the Father through God the Son and by the Holy Spirit.
What does this supernatural comfort do in the life of the believer?
1. It produces in you patient endurance (v6)
“If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.”
Patient endurance refers to that quality of character that does not allow one to surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial.
God produces in you patient endurance by causing you to see the greater good.