In 2 Corinthians 1:3, the Apostle to the Gentiles praises the “God of all comfort.”

What is comfort? The word here is paraklesis, which refers to encouragement or exhortation. “Comfort” is good. Comfort is when peace intrudes on calamity. Comfort is when tribulation is eased or dissipated, in some way. On a cold night, a blanket can bring you comfort by warming your body. Saul was comforted by David’s music; it brought him some kind of spiritual peace.

So, the concept of comfort is very similar to that of help or assistance or encouragement. Comfort is when peace intrudes on calamity. Calamity intrudes on our plans, but comfort intrudes on calamity.

God, the Possessor “of all comfort,” holds a monopoly on peace. Therefore, if you want peace, you should first make peace with Him.

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