“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 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” (2 Corinthians 1:3–4).
Jesus said: “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” (John 16:7).
In the Bible we read of those who walked “…in the fear (respect) of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost …” (Acts 9:31).
Jesus left us in no doubt about the identification of the Comforter. He said: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things …” (John 14:26). He was telling us that the God of comfort (consolation, solace, stability, support, refreshment, brightness, rest, and quietness) who gives us this most comprehensive assistance through the Holy Spirit, expects us to pass this benefit on to others. In the same way as we are comforted, so should other people be introduced into the realm of the Holy Spirit.
There is no substitute for the benefits of Holy Spirit and the comfort brought to those who receive this experience. Other options are unsatisfactory and because they are of human origin are relatively brief, terminal and illusory.
If you need comfort in any circumstance, we recommend the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit.
This article originally appeared in the Voice of Revival – June 1996
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