"And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, to be with you forever."
"I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you" (John 14: 16&18)
Throughout the gospel stories we don't see the word 'comfort' being used but through Jesus' actions and life we see him comforting both his disciples and the crowds who followed him. He is the exact representation of his Father and therefore he must have been the most comforting person who ever lived. He was the person of love and he has made himself known to us.
Jesus took a disparate group of young men and turned them into a passionate band of brothers who formed the early church. Not only that but they suffered persecution for the sake of the gospel. As people met Jesus they encountered love and, I'm sure, comfort.
When Jesus was rejected by the people of his home town, Nazareth, he moved to Capernaum and made it his home. Interestingly, Capernaum means village of comfort.
In John 14, Jesus is preparing his disciples for his return to his Father. As he does so, he promises 'another Comforter', the Holy Spirit who will continue all the work that Jesus begun. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus and the Father promise to make their home in our heart (John 14:23). The outpouring of comfort continues through the Holy Spirit who pours the love of the Father into our heart and who enables us to cry 'Abba, Father'.
We are not abandoned, nor are we required to work out everything for ourselves. We have One dwelling in us who continues to comfort us and as he does he strengthens our spirit and enables us to walk as Jesus walked. Today, my prayer is that you will continue to receive the comfort you need.
If you would like to go deeper there is a series of teaching on Comfort, together with an article which you can download at http://afathertoyou.com/conferences
The next Fatherheart 'A' School in the UK is in July at Cloverley Hall in Shropshire. This is an opportunity for you to experience Father's love and to know his comforting love filling your heart. All the details together with an online booking form are at http://fhmaschool.uk You are all very welcome.