For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:5-7
The first thing Paul tells us is that Christ suffered the same challenges that we face. The Lord is aware of what we’re going through.
The important thing to know is that through Christ we have an abundance of comfort. But just what does that mean? The word, comfort, means a lot of things to different people.
Usually, when people think of comfort, they’re talking about something soft and familiar – like a favorite easy chair. Unfortunately, soft and comfortable is not what this word means.
Comfort, in Scripture, usually comes from a Greek word that means to call alongside. It’s what a coach does when he or she is dealing with their athletes.
A good coach is not concerned with how comfortable the athletes are. Instead, their goal is to make sure that they’re successfully completing their training routine.
Actually, that’s the job of the Holy Spirit in our lives right now
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will be our Counselor. That word, counselor, is the same as comfort in the above verse. In other words, the Holy Spirit is to be our Life-Coach.
It’s His job to come alongside us and call out the instructions we need to victoriously face the challenges that come our way. We need to be listening for His voice.
So, as we receive coaching from the Holy Spirit, we can pass on what we’ve learned. When we see others in that same situation, we can share what our Coach told us.
According to Paul, the result is patient endurance. It’s the ability to remain in your calling without giving up. That comes from the expectation that God will work through you for His glory.
Then, as we pass on this coaching, the body of Christ will be built up. This is especially what we need in our generation.
In the world, there’s so much uncertainty right now. But in Christ, we know that the Lord is working out all things for our good.
Question: How has the Holy Spirit coached you recently?
© 2020 Nick Zaccardi