“COMFORT”, “COMFORTER” WORD STUDIES

 

What do context studies reveal are the “spiritual” ideas linked with “comfort” in relation to our walk as believers?

 

Greek 3870 parakale,w  parakaleo ¤ from 3844 and 2564;  v ¤ AV - beseech 43,  comfort 23, exhort 21,  to call to one's side,  speak to, which may  be done in the way of  exhortation, entreaty,  comfort, instruction, etc.  to admonish, to encourage  and strengthen by consolation, to teach 

G3874 para,klhsij  paraklesis ¤ from 3870; n f ¤ AV - consolation 14,  exhortation 8,  comfort 6,  intreaty 1; 29 ¤  a calling near, summons, (esp. for help) , admonition,  encouragement,  solace persuasive discourse,  stirring address,  instructive, admonitory,  conciliatory, powerful discourse 

G3875 para,klhtoj  parakletos  ¤ a root word; n m ¤ AV - comforter 4,  advocate 1; 5 ¤  summoned, called to  one's side, esp. called to one's aid, one who  pleads another's cause  before a judge, of Christ in his exaltation at  God's right hand,  pleading with God the  Father for the pardon of  our sins, in the widest  sense, a helper,  of the  Holy Spirit destined to to lead believers to a  deeper knowledge of the  gospel truth, and give  them divine strength  needed to enable them to undergo trials and  persecutions on behalf of  the divine kingdom 

G2564 kale,w kaleo  ¤ akin to the base of  2753; v  ¤ AV - call 125, bid 16,  to invite, to  call i.e. to name, by  name

G3844 para, para  ¤ a root word; prep ¤ AV - of 51, with 42,  from 24, by ... side 15, at  12,   from, of at, by, besides, near 

G3888  paramuqe,omai  paramutheomai   ¤ from 3844  and the  middle voice  of a derivative  of 3454;  v ¤ AV -  comfort 4; ¤  to speak  to, whether by way of admonition and incentive,  or to calm and console, to  encourage, 

 

Hebrew 5162 ~x;n"  nacham  ¤ a primitive  root; v  ¤ AV -  comfort 57,  repent 41,  comforter 9,  ¤ to be  sorry,  console  oneself,  repent,  regret, comfort,  be moved to pity, have compassion, rue,  suffer grief, 

 

 

                                                                             Key Passages

 

        (2 Cor 1:3)  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God

         of all comfort (3874); 4 Who comforts (3870) us in all our tribulation (2347- affliction), that we may be able to

         comfort them which are in any trouble (2347- affliction), by the comfort (3874) wherewith we ourselves are

         comforted (3870) of God.”

 

       (Matt 5:3)  “Blessed are the poor in spirit (the afflicted): for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they

        that mourn: for they shall be comforted (3870). 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

 

 

       (Acts 14:22)  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting (3870- comforting) them to continue in the

        faith, and that we must through much tribulation (2347- affliction) enter into the kingdom of God.”

 

       (John 16:7) (Jesus speaking)  “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go

        not away, the Comforter (3875) (the Holy Spirit) will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto

        you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove (1651- see “Reproof” word study) the world of sin, and of

        righteousness, and of judgment:…… 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into

        all truth:”

 

       (John 14:15)  If you love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you

         another Comforter (3875), that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world

         cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and

         shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless (3737- “orphan” idea): I will come to you…... 25 These

         things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter (3875), which is the Holy

         Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your

         remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not a

         the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

       (Rom 15:4)  “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through

        patience and comfort (3874) of the scriptures (inspired by the Holy Spirit) might have hope. 5 Now the God of

        patience and comfort (3874) grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6

       That you may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

       (Phil 2:1)  “If there be therefore any comfort (3874) in Christ, if any comfort (3890) of love, if any fellowship of

        the Spirit, if any compassion and mercies, 2 Fulfil you my joy, that you be likeminded, having the same love,

        being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind

        let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also

        on the things of others.”

 

       (Col 2:2)  That their hearts might be comforted (3870), being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the

        full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of

        Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

 

       (Psa 23:1)  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he

        leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his

        name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou are

        with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort (5162) me. 5 Thou prepare a table before me in the presence of

        mine enemies: thou anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow

        me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

 

       (Psa 110:11)  Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. 12 I will

        praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore....14 O God, the proud

        (the enemies) are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have

        not set thee before them. …..17 Show me a token for good; that they which hate me (the enemies) may see it,

        and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, have helped me, and comforted (5162) me.     (context- in relation to

        “enemies” troubling his soul)

 

       (Psa 119:49)   Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou have caused me to hope. 50 This is my

        comfort (5165) in my affliction (6040): for thy word has revived (2421) me. 51 The proud (my enemies) have

        had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.”    (see “Affliction”, “Revive” word studies)

 

       (2 Cor 13:11)  Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort (3870), be of one mind, live in peace;

        and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”

 

 

 

 Comfort” is used in Scripture as being given to those “mourning” over the “physical” death, loss of a loved one

 

 

JOHN 11:19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort (3888) them concerning their brother. 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. 21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou had been here, my brother had not died. 22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou will ask of God, God will give it thee. 23 Jesus said unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha said unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believe thou this? 27 She said unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou are the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. 28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calls for thee. 29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.  30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. 31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted (3888) her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goes unto the grave to weep there. 32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou had been here, my brother had not died. 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled (5015), 34 And said, Where have you laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! 37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? 38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself comes to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39 Jesus said, Take you away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, said unto him, Lord, by this time he stinks: for he has been dead four days. 40 Jesus said unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou would believe, thou should see the glory of God? 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou have heard me. 42 And I knew that thou hear me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou have sent me. 43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

 

 

    Comfort” is used extensively in Scripture for those who have experienced “spiritual” loss and mourning

 

 

2 COR 1:2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort (3874); 4 Who comforts (3870) us in all our tribulation (2347), that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble (2347), by the comfort (3874) wherewith we ourselves are comforted (3870) of God. 5 For as the sufferings (3804) of Christ abound in us, so our comfort (3874) also abounds by Christ. 6 And whether we be afflicted (2346), it is for your comfort and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings (3804) which we also suffer (3958): or whether we be comforted (3870), it is for your comfort (3874) and salvation. 7 And our hope of you is steadfast, knowing, that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so shall you be also of the comfort. 8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble (2347) which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened down beyond measure, beyond power, insomuch that we despaired even of life: 9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raises the dead: 10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

 

JOHN 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter (3875) (the Holy Spirit) will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove (see “Reproof” word study) the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. 15 All things that the Father has are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.

 

JOHN 14:15 If you love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter (3875), that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless (3737- “orphan” idea): I will come to you. 21 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest (appear, make evident) myself to him. 22 Judas said unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou will manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loves me not keeps not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. 25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter (3875), which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

JOHN 15:26 But when the Comforter (3875) is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me:

 

1 JOHN 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate (3875- comforter) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

 

ROM 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification. 3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. 4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort (3874) of the scriptures might have hope. 5 Now the God of patience and comfort (3874) grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6 That you may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Wherefore receive you one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

 

1 COR 14:3 But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification (3619), and exhortation (3874), and comfort (3889).

 

PHIL 2:1 If there be therefore any comfort (3874) in Christ, if any comfort (3890) of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any compassion and mercies, 2 Fulfil you my joy, that you be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought equality with God not a thing to be grasped: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

2 THESS 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which you have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which has loved us, and has given us everlasting comfort (3874) and good hope through grace, 17 Comfort (3870) your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

 

HEB 6:17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong comfort (3874), who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

 

HEB 12:5 And you have forgotten the exhortation (3874- comfort) which speaks unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou are reproved of him: 6 For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives. 7 If you endure chastening (see “Chasten” word study), God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not? 8 But if you be without chastening, whereof all are partakers, then are you bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

 

MATT 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted (3870). 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

 

LUKE 16:25 But Abraham said, Son (the rich man), remember that thou in thy lifetime received thy good things, and likewise Lazarus (the beggar) evil things: but now he is comforted (3870), and thou are tormented.

 

ACTS 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting (3870- comforting) them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

 

ROM 12:1 I beseech (3870- comfort) you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.

 

1 COR 1:10 Now I beseech (3870- comfort) you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

 

COL 2:1 For I would that you knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2 That their hearts might be comforted (3870), being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

1 THESS 2:10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: 11 As you know how we exhorted (3870- comforted) and comforted (3888) and charged every one of you, as a father does his children, 12 That you would walk worthy of God, who has called you unto his kingdom and glory. 13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard of us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works also in you that believe.

 

 

 

ISA 40:1 Comfort (5162) you, comfort (5162) you my people, says your God.  2 Speak you comfortably (3820- literally “heart”) to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she has received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins. 3 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:  5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.  6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:  7 The grass withers, the flower fades: because the spirit of the LORD blows upon it: surely the people is grass.  8 The grass withers, the flower fades: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. 9 O Zion, that brings good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that brings good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! 10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. 11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

 

PSA 119:49  Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou have caused me to hope. 50 This is my comfort (5165) in my affliction: for thy word has quickened me. 51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law. 52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted (5162) myself. 73  Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. 74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. 75 I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness have afflicted me. 76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort (5162), according to thy word unto thy servant. 77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight. 78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.

 

PSA 110:10 For thou are great, and do wondrous things: thou are God alone. 11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. 12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. 13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou have delivered my soul from the lowest hell. 14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them. 15 But thou, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. 16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid. 17 Show me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, have helped me, and comforted (5162) me.  (context- in relation to enemies troubling his soul)

 

PSA 71:9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength fails. 10 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, 11 Saying, God has forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him. 12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help. 13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonor that seek my hurt. 14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. 15 My mouth shall show forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof. 16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. 17 O God, thou have taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. 18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. 19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who have done great things: O God, who is like unto thee! 20 Thou, which have shown me great and sore troubles, shall quicken me again, and shall bring me up again from the depths of the earth. 21 Thou shall increase my greatness, and comfort (5162) me on every side. 22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel. 23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou have redeemed. 24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.

 

PSA 69:18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies. 19 Thou have known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonor: mine adversaries are all before thee. 20 Reproach has broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters (5162), but I found none.

 

PSA 23:1  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou are with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort (5162) me. 5 Thou prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 

ISA 51:3 For the LORD shall comfort (5162) Zion: he will comfort (5162) all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

 

2 COR 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort (3870), be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

 

 

 

Comment:

Study of the context and flow of thought of the above passages reveals some specific spiritual ideas linked to “comfort” in Scripture which have practical importance in our walk and daily life as believers.   

 

First of all, the Greek word “parakaleo”, translated “comfort”,  is closely linked to the Scripture and the Holy Spirit, referred to as the “Comforter” by Jesus, who told the disciples that the Father would send in His name when He returns to the Father so that we would not be left “comfortless(as “orphans”), with the idea of having someone along side us and within us to encourage, exhort, edify, strengthen, help, teach, guide us and give us “understanding” in a “spiritual” perspective.     

 

“Comfort” is not only that which is given in times of “mourning” over “loss” of loved ones through death of the mortal body, in a physical, emotional perspective, but also in relation to “mourning” when believers experience a sense of “loss” as they grow in “spiritual understanding”, realize that the “fleshly mind” is spiritual “death  (Rom 8:6),  and see the “falseness” and “fruitlessness” of the “wisdom of the world” which views things in a “fleshly minded” outward perspective and pursues righteousness and satisfying the appetites of the soul as a matter of “worldly” “outward” beautifying and exalting themselves through superior performance in rule-keeping, but using law “unlawfully”, not to correct themselves, but as a base to “attack”, judge, condemn, tear down others and exalt themselves,  in a spirit of envy and rivalry, comparing themselves with others.    (see “Mourn”, “Loss”, “World”, “Law”, “Mind” word studies)

 

 It is in essence the “loss” that goes with “crucifixion”, taking up our cross daily and following Christ,  crucifying the “flesh” and its sufferings and “lusts” for the praise and glory from men (as pictured for us by the Pharisees), counting all those things that “seemed” gain or spiritual “riches” as “loss” as worthless, for the surpassing worth of knowing Christ and no longer struggling to attain a “false” righteousness of our own doing but a “true” righteousness of God which is by faith in Christ Jesus.    (see “Crucify”, “Flesh”, “Lusts2”, “Riches”, “Pharisees” word studies)    

 

While the “fleshly mind” is death, the “spiritual mind” is life and peace (Rom 8:6), so that the full assurance of “resurrection” by Christ who is the resurrection and the “life”, and His dwelling in our hearts by faith, is “comfort” in a present and an ultimate, eternal sense for the believer.   (see “Life2”, “Death”, “Resurrection”, “FullAssurance” word studies)

 

“Comfort” is especially needed in times of “tribulation” and “affliction”, as the proud inner “enemies” of our souls, the” fleshly lusts” for the praise and glory of men that war against our souls,  reproach, shame and accuse us as weak, barren, fruitless, as a failure and without power to control troubling circumstances in our lives, trying to shake our faith, disquiet our souls, trying to get us to lose our hope in God and to trust in ourselves.   

             (see “Enemy”, “Tribulation”, “Affliction”, “Reproach1”, “Shame”, “HearPrayer”, “WarFight” word studies) 

 

 

However, by the grace of God, Scripture “comforts” us by the promise of fruitfulness, joy and gladness even when we feel desolate and barren in a “fleshly”, worldly perspective.

 

One of the most "comforting" passages in Scripture in revealing the "spiritual" importance and blessing of "tribulation" at the hands of our "spiritual enemies" in our walk as believers is:

 

        (Rom 5:3)  "And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; 4 And

         patience, experience (tried and proven character); and experience, hope: 5 And hope makes not ashamed;

         because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us."

 

Remarkably, note that it is through the main role of the "reproving" and "enlightening" of the Holy Spirit revealing our unsuspected "inner sin" hidden in our hearts to us, our "inner enemies", the "fleshly lusts" for the praise and glory of men which war against and trouble our soul, that we are enabled to grow in "spiritual understanding"  and enabled "to bear the fruit of the Spirit", "love" (agape) out of a pure heart in the finishing of our faith.

 

This powerful “comfort”, being associated with having the Holy Spirit along side us, continually dwelling with us and in us, never leaving us or forsaking us, no matter what circumstances we face, giving us peace so that our hearts be not troubled, reflects and reveals the greatly “comforting” love, mercy, compassion, and wisdom of the Lord.    

 

 Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, the Lord is our shepherd and is with us and His rod and staff “comfort”, lead, protect, and feed us and we know that His goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our life and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 

 

It is “comforting” to remember that we are never alone, and that, as emphasized above, the “Comforter”, the Spirit of truth, teaches, reproves and enlightens us concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment in a “personal”, experiential way in our everyday life during a prolonged “purifying”, refining process involving tribulation and testing of our faith, enabling us to grow in “spiritual understanding” and “be delivered from our our inner enemies”, the “fleshly minded” “lusts” that persecute our souls, so that we may be enabled to cease walking in the flesh and in darkness,  blindly pursuing “false”, self-exalting righteousness, but increasingly be enabled to bear the fruit of the Spirit,  true” righteousness,  to walk in the Spirit,   to walk in the truth,   to walk in the light,    to walk in love (“agape”) out of a pure heart in the finishing of our faith, so that we may find rest and peace for our souls and “comfort” one another with the truth that the God of love and peace is and shall be with us, and has enabled us to glorify Him by bearing the fruit of the Spirit with patience and doing His will in our present life on earth.   

 

 “Comfort” is something given by another who is like-minded, compassionate, having the same love (“agape”), humility,  one with faith and personal knowledge of the love of the Father, the God of all “comfort”, the “Father of mercies” so that we may have “comforting” fellowship, edifying one another in our walk in this present world.

 

 

(see “Way”, ”Walk”, “HolySpirit”, “Mourn”, “Loss”, “Riches”, “Fruit”, ”Grow”, “Life1”, “Life2”, “Death”,“Truth”,  “Heart”, “Mind”, “Enemy”, “Lust2”, “Flesh”, “Members”, “Dwell”, “HearPrayer”, “Reproach1”, “Affliction”, “Tribulation”, “Hidden”, “Blind”, “Resurrection”, “Darkness1”, “Darkness2”, “Light”, “Sin”, “Law”, “Pharisees”, “Deceive”, “Shame”, “LieFalse”, “Corruption”,  “World”, “Revive”, “Judgment”, “Crucify”,  “Righteous”, “See1”, “See2”, “Reproof”,  “Chasten”, “Knowledge”, “InnerMan”, “Manifest”, “Refine”, “Deliver”, “Pure1”, “Pure2”, ”Purify”, “Soul”, “PutoffPuton”, “FillSatisfy”, “Understand2”, “Glory”, “Mercy”, “Submit”, “FullAssurance”, ”Peace”, “Rest”, “Forgive”, “Edify”, “OneAnother”, “Love”, “Patience”, “Faith”, “Finishing” word studies)