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To soothe in distress
The Service and Outreach unit pages 459- 494
Comfort is on page 459 in our textbook.
Scripture: Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God … of all comfort who comforts us in all our tribulation, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
God gives permanent consolation
“I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Jesus
Even in the midst of excruciating pain
Others may offer temporary comfort
God’s comfort is eternal
Is Experience the best teacher?
No! You don’t have to experience lost (e.g. Hell) to learn that losing is the best teacher especially through poor decision making of your own.
You can learn that losing is bad by observing losers. However the best gauge is God’s word. If you found yourself in a losing situation before and by the grace of God you’ve learned to do better it is of great BENEFIT that you instruct others. (2 Tim. 2:2)
“Paul makes it clear that the comfort from God is not for our benefit only but also for sharing with other hurting people” (Page 459).
As the wilted flower needs water to stand,
in times of adversity we also need comfort from God to stand.
NO PAIN NO GAIN: God loves those He corrects and sometimes we must bear affliction like a soldier or an athlete seeking to be crowned. Hold out and stand firm with fortitude because joy cometh in the morning (morning is a motif of deliverance as seen in the scriptures).
COMPARE AND CONTRAST
“Feeling comfortable and being comfortable are two different things” (Page 460).
OT: “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you” (Isaiah 66:13).
NT: The Lord Jesus Christ Himself prayed for the cup to be removed . He was so physically and emotionally weary, an angel was sent to strengthen Him (Luke 22:23)
You cannot change the past but you can work in cooperation with God towards a brighter future.
Exhortation a facet of Parakaleo
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:25). Is the marquee scripture that supports fellowship within the church? The latter part of the scripture highlights the proper interaction of church-goers in relationship with our brothers and sisters. The scripture states that we are to exhort one another. This word exhort is also translated from the Greek word “parakaleo (3870)1 to call near, i.e. entreat, invite, invoke, beseech, call for, comfort, desire (give) exhort (-ation), pray for and encourage.” Exhort and entreat are interchangeable words that both translate from the verb Parakaleo. This is also mentioned by Paul when he was instructing Timothy how to receive an elder. “Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father” (I Timothy 5:1).
The term Parakaleo as aforementioned is the act of comforting is a verb (3875) but John used it as a noun and termed the Holy Spirit as Parakletos (from parakaleo). “The Parakletos is defined as he who has been or may be called to help, a helper, used in the Greek as writers of a legal advisement, pleader, proxy, or advocate, one who comes forward in behalf of and as a representative of another. Christ designates the Holy Spirit as the paraclete (John 14:16) and he calls him allos (243) another, which means another of equal quality and not heteros (2087), another of a different quality. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is designated by Jesus Christ as equal with Himself.” (The Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible KJV page 1718)*
“God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters.”
FRUIT THAT REMAINS Handling the Death of Family Members
Even when people aren’t present their words can act as a guide and comfort in any storm. I can empathize with those who have loss parents that they were close to; having to experience the pain and grief may be unbearable. However, that person will never leave you as long as you have the faculty to remember. This explains the belief that a woman who keeps her family together achieves immortality, because of the godly spirit that was transferred from an earlier generation, which transcends flesh and bone anchored in the fruit of God but manifested in your life. Thus, Immortality can be achieved on many levels by an individual as within the church and within a family that is blessed through its generations by a loved one who has passed on.
Jesus said to His disciples “I am with you always even to the end of the age (Matt. 28:20). Christ was exhorting his followers preceding His physical departure assuring them that he’ll be with them in spirit. His physical return would be at the end of the (church) age when He receives His church in the air. Paul concludes in the rapture text in verse eighteen, “Wherefore comfort (parakaleo) one another with these words” (I Thessalonians 5:15-17).
“…The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy…”
Trust in Him!