Chapter Two for Training

Hurt and pain are guaranteed in this world. Jesus tells is that we will have trouble BUT that we can take heart because He has overcome the world! (John 16:33). Through scripture we can be comforted by knowing that God is faithful, and is always looking over us. He truly cares, and is our protector and comforter in times of need. Whatever the circumstance may be, we can use these comforting Bible verses to find a peace that passes understanding![i]

God promises to comfort us. It’s in the Bible: As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you;” Isaiah 66:13.

God’s promises are something He always keeps. It’s in the Bible: I will not violate my covenant  or alter what my lips have uttered.” Psalm 89:34.

The promises of God are yes and amen. It’s in the Bible: For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:20.

Praise to the God of All Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 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. We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-11.

For Discussion

  1. How do we know that God keeps His promises?
  2. How did Paul experience suffering in his ministry?
  3. How was he comforted?
  4. Must we understand what a person is going through to offer them comfort?
  5. What are some things we can do to comfort others who are suffering?

PSALM 31:5-24

5Into your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
    as for me, I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
    for you saw my affliction
    and knew the anguish of my soul.
You have not given me into the hands of the enemy
    but have set my feet in a spacious place.

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
    my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
    my soul and body
 with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish
    and my years by groaning;
my strength fails
 because of my affliction,
    and my bones grow weak.
11 Because of all my enemies,
    I am the utter contempt
 of my neighbors
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
    those who see me on the street flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;
    I have become like broken pottery.
13 For I hear many whispering,
    “Terror on every side!”
They conspire against me
    and plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times
 are in your hands;
    deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
    from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine
 on your servant;
    save me in your unfailing love.
17 Let me not be put to shame,
 Lord,
    for I have cried out to you;
but let the wicked be put to shame
    and be silent
 in the realm of the dead.
18 Let their lying lips
 be silenced,
    for with pride and contempt
    they speak arrogantly
 against the righteous.

19 How abundant are the good things
    that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,
    on those who take refuge
 in you.
20 In the shelter
 of your presence you hide them
    from all human intrigues;
you keep them safe in your dwelling
    from accusing tongues.

21 Praise be to the Lord,
    for he showed me the wonders of his love
    when I was in a city under siege.
22 In my alarm
 I said,
  “I am cut off
 from your sight!”
Yet you heard my cry
 for mercy
    when I called to you for help.

23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people!
    The
 Lord preserves those who are true to him,
    but the proud he pays back
 in full.
24 Be strong and take heart,
    all you who hope in the
 Lord.”


[i] Bible Verses to Comfort You – http://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-to-comfort-you