2 Corinthians 1:3-4 KJV
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.
I remember how much grief came to us when my wife and I lost our first daughter. The pain was almost tangible. A good number of people tried to comfort and encourage us to look ahead.
Sitting with Bernard Avle that week, I remember how he shared his own experience with me and gave me much comfort. I wasn’t aware Kojo Akoto had told him.
Reflecting on the entire experience years later, I’m able to tap into the comfort I received from good people, to minister comfort to others who find themselves in the same shoes.
Paul the Apostle would choose to begin his second letter to the Corinthians by addressing God as the “God of all Comfort,” iterating the fact that God comforts us in our moments of pain so we can comfort others too.
Believers are not exempt from pain. But we can always rely on the comfort doled out by other believers, from the abundance of comfort they have received from the God of all comfort. Your pain is no mere ordeal, it is an opportunity to receive comfort so you can share when the time comes.
Have a blessed Friday.
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