(2 Corinthians 1:3) Blessed be God, even the Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. 


The context of this verse makes it clear that when the apostle Paul spoke of the Lord as the God of All Comfort, he was thinking of the sufferings that believers endure. We as Christians are often ridiculed by the world for our beliefs and the stands we take. But our persecution should not lead us to despair. God’s comforting presence will enable us to remain joyful and optimistic in spite of our hurt (see james 1:2). Because we know and feel God’s comfort, we are expected to channel this comfort to others. Paul declares in the next verse of passage that we should “comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God” (2 Cor 1:4)