An Encouraging Word
II Corinthians 1:1-2: Paul’s calling and his salutation to those at Corinth.
II Corinthians 1:3: Paul’s adoration of God and speaks of two attributes of God – mercy and comfort.
II Corinthians 1:4:
God’s comfort is: 1). Active – who comforteth us.
2). Extensive – in all our troubles.
3). Purposive – that we may be able.
John 16:33: In God we can have peace.
I Thessalonians 3:1-7: Satan can steal your comfort.
Acts 20:23-24: We must not be moved by troubles, but keep
our focus on God’s plan.
Psalm 119:49-50: God’s word provides comfort/encouraging
Romans 15:4-5: We learn patience/comfort by examples found
May be able to comfort:
Psalms 69:20: I found no comforters/alone/isolated.
Romans 1:11-12: Comforted together.
II Corinthians 7:4-7: Comforted by someone’s presence.
Colossians 2:1-3: Hearts might be comforted by having full
knowledge of God’s grace.
II Corinthians 1:5:
Philippians 3:10: Fellowship of His sufferings.
Hebrews 4:15-16: Touched by our infirmities.
Romans 8:16-23: Not worthy to be compared with the glory
II Corinthians 1:6: We comfort others by sharing how God brought us through it.
II Corinthians 1:7: Our Hope – steadfast and sure.
Romans 8:24-25: Wait for it with patience.
Colossians 1:4-5: Our Hope is in Heaven.
Titus 2:13: Our Blessed Hope.
II Corinthians 1:8-9: Paul’s trouble in Ephesus.
II Corinthians 1:10-11: Also helping with prayers.
There is a higher purpose in our afflictions and troubles that we should keep in mind while going through it.