Bible: 2 Cor. 1:3-9
Thanksgiving for God’s Comfort
1:3 Blessed is 1 the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 1:4 who comforts us in all our troubles 2 so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble 3 with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 1:5 For just as the sufferings 4 of Christ 5 overflow 6 toward us, so also our comfort through Christ overflows to you. 7 1:6 But if we are afflicted, 8 it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort that you experience in your patient endurance of the same sufferings that we also suffer. 1:7 And our hope for you is steadfast because we know that as you share in 9 our sufferings, so also you will share in 10 our comfort. 1:8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, 11 regarding the affliction that happened to us in the province of Asia, 12 that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of living. 1:9 Indeed we felt as if the sentence of death had been passed against us, 13 so that we would not trust in ourselves 14 but in God who raises the dead.