The God Of All Comfort

The God Of All Comfort

Your capacity to give is proportionate to your reception and transformation.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4a
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4a who comforts us in all our troubles…

  • He Is A Great God
    • Praise Be – He Is Worthy Of Our Worship

Psalm 34:1
1 I will praise the LORD at all times;
His praise will always be on my lips.

Psalm 103:1
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!

    • The Father Of Compassion – He Has Mercy For Our Mistakes
    • The God Of All Comfort – He Makes Comfort Possible For Every Crisis
      • Comfort to beckon for someone to come near so that they might help you
      • Comfort Equals Relief
      • Comforts Us In All Our Troubles
        • Trouble (thlipsis) – Pressed, pressure, trouble, affliction, distress
          • Like the walls are closing in
        • Personal Story Washer And A Dryer
        • Comfort possible in midst of losses
          • Relationship losses
          • Losses where people do no want the comfort of God because it has cost of repentance and restructuring values

2 Corinthians 1:4
4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

  • We Must Transition From Transactional To Transformational
    • Your capacity to give is proportionate to your reception and transformation.
    • Transaction Wants To Receive. Transformation Wants To Give.
    • Process
      • Experience Pain
      • Cry Out To God
      • Receive Comfort
      • This Comfort Creates Gratitude And Worship
      • This Worship Changes Your Heart
      • You Have Experienced
    • When received, it should change the way you interact with others (parable of debt forgiveness)

Matthew 18:21-35
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how many times could my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 “I tell you, not as many as seven,” Jesus said to him, “but 70 times seven. 23 For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 When he began to settle accounts, one who owed 10,000 talents was brought before him. 25 Since he had no way to pay it back, his master commanded that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt. 26 “At this, the slave fell facedown before him and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you everything!’ 27 Then the master of that slave had compassion, released him, and forgave him the loan. 28 “But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him 100 denarii. He grabbed him, started choking him, and said, ‘Pay what you owe!’ 29 “At this, his fellow slave fell down and began begging him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ 30 But he wasn’t willing. On the contrary, he went and threw him into prison until he could pay what was owed. 31 When the other slaves saw what had taken place, they were deeply distressed and went and reported to their master everything that had happened. 32 “Then, after he had summoned him, his master said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And his master got angry and handed him over to the jailers to be tortured until he could pay everything that was owed. 35 So My heavenly Father will also do to you if each of you does not forgive his brother from his heart.”

    • The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matt 18:23-35)
      • 6000 days to 100