2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“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.”
God is not only a God of mercy, but He is also the God of all comfort. (paraklesis– comfort encouragement — Genitive of Source) The Greek usage of the Genitive of Source reveals that God is the originator or source of all comfort. Without God, there is no comfort!
People in the world today claim there is no God (Psalm 53) because they only see pain, suffering, disease, and death, but God is not the source of this. Sin is the source of pain, suffering, disease, and death, but God is the source of comfort.
God is faithful to comfort us in all our tribulations (thlipsis– trouble, distress, affliction) that we would be able to comfort others that have their own tribulations. We are to comfort others through (by means of) the comfort we have been given. We have a responsibility according to Paul to comfort others with the comfort we have been given.
So often we just think of God as being a comforting God, but in all reality, He is THE Source of all comfort. Without Him is no comfort. Our God knows how to comfort His children!
Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, blesses God for his mercy and His comfort. If you are a Christian, you too should bless God for His comfort. Why? Because Paul is clear in stating that God comforts us in all the tribulations (distresses) that we face. Christian, you never have to face a tribulation, whether that be the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, physical problems, or financial woes, alone. God is always there to comfort you, and another name for the Holy Spirit is the Comforter.
Christians should not stop with simply blessing God for His comfort, but we should pass that comfort on to others. In our passage, the main reason God comforts believers is so that they may, in turn, comfort others. There may be someone in your life today, that is struggling with something the Lord has comforted you in and brought you through. You have a responsibility to share that comfort with others. The main way you can do that is by prayer. It is comforting to know that others are praying for you, and in 2 Corinthians 1:11, Paul thanks the Corinthians for praying for his ministry. Do you intercede on behalf of others? You can be a comfort today to someone, but will you give what has been given to you?