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“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
God of all comfort
He’s the main source of consolation during hard times.
Believers need support and encouragement at the moment where they pass through hardship, not that we should averted or deterred from them.
They’re our troubles together – we glory in them.
Blessed be God; the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships, the same way he comforted our Lord Jesus Christ.
Why does God allow it? So that when others are troubled, needing our comfort and encouragement, we also, can pass on to them that same help and comfort God has given us.
Partakers of the sufferings
“And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.” 2 Corinthians 1:7
Sometimes you got to be tried and tested to be an effective witness of Christ. You also have to partake of his sufferings that you may help others aLos. Helping others should come from our personal experiences, of how God comforted us when we underwent same sufferings.
“And David spake unto the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:  And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;  The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.  I will call on the Lord , who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.  When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;  The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;  In my distress I called upon the Lord , and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.  Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.  There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.  He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.  And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.  And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.  Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.  The Lord thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.  And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.  And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the Lord , at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.  He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;  He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.  They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay.  He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.”
2 Samuel 22:1-20
Where sufferings of Christ is, so also is the consolation – he gives us the strength to endure them, not to shy away. The more we undergo sufferings for Christ, the more he is to shower us with his comfort and encouragement.
“…whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation,” 2 Corinthians 1:6
We should endure even if the sentence is death in ourselves;
2 Corinthians 1:9-10
 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us
Ephesians 3:13 says, “Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.”
We glory in tribulations