The God Of All Comfort
A few moments after she had received Jesus a young woman told me It was s-o-o-o comfortable. No one had ever expressed it to me quite like that before.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4: Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 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.
When we do business with the Lord He comforts us. When one who has never done business with the Lord before does so, He comforts them. I had never thought of the word comfort in connection with my salvation, but it is one of many words that fit the experience perfectly. The young woman learned something instantly that it took me almost three decades to learn. She taught it to me.
Christians are comforted by the Lord the moment they become Christians. And they are comforted ever after each time they do business with the Lord. They are also often comforted when they are in the presence of other believers in whom Christ dwells. It is also a very accurate description of the way we sometimes feel when we are in the presence of unbelievers to say that we are uncomfortable. When the Lord first begins to speak with unbelievers through Christians the unbelievers are uncomfortable too. When they receive Him, He replaces the discomfort with comfort. I believe that opposite of comfort could be called affliction. The Lord knows when it is best for us to suffer discomfort (affliction) and He knows when it is best for us to be comforted.
It is informative that Jesus promised His uncomfortable followers that He would send them another Comforter. The phrase another Comforter teaches us that Jesus had been their Comforter while He walked with them on earth. They were uncomfortable because they feared they might lose their Comforter. He not only promised them another Comforter but He told them it was expedient for them that He go away. It is a wonderful truth that all three members of the Godhead are sources of Comfort.John 14:16-18: And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
John 14:25-26: These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.John 16:7: Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
It is wonderful how the Lord deals uniquely and personally with each individual that He saves. I have heard many different ways that individuals have described their salvation. It is a great blessing to share our testimony with one another and learn something from every Christian that we ever meet. If you enjoy hearing or reading the testimony of new Christians as I do, you could find several dozen of them in the website. Almost every one of their testimonies could describe my salvation and probably yours. Click on search through all of them here. You will find the article entitled Testimonies I Have Enjoyed in the alphabetical file.