Suffering and comfort are closely entwined in this passage. The suffering here is directly related to being a follower of Jesus. The Corinthians and Paul were under “great pressure” because of their beliefs. Comfort flows from God, but not just to give everyone relief. Notice that God comforts people so that they can go on to comfort others. Suffering and comfort together equipped Paul and the Corinthians to comfort and support each other.
1. Have you experienced persecution of some kind for your beliefs? Explain.
2. Have you felt comforted by God during trials of any kind? What does comfort look like?
Challenge: Look around you today, and seek to comfort someone that could use a helping hand, or a friendly ear.