Posted by: SandreS | July 18, 2009

Comfort and Consolation Come from Love

… Comfort of love … (Philippians 2:1).

For we have great joy and consolation in thy love … (Philemon 1:7).

This consolation that is brought to us by our Father, of which we are called to be conduits, in a word, is love. This is why Paul speaks of the “comfort of love” and the “consolation in thy love.”

Indeed, what is more comforting than love? Love is the greatest of all, even of faith and hope (I Corinthians 13:13). Without it we have nothing, and are nothing (I Corinthians 13:1-3). Love is the very nature of our Father (I John 4:8, 16). Regardless of the situation or circumstance love will never fail (I Corinthians 13:8)!

Writing on Paul’s exhortation of love to the Philippians, Albert Barnes wrote:

Our happiness is almost all centered in love. It is when we love a parent, a wife, a child, a sister, a neighbor, that we have the highest earthly enjoyment. It is in the love of God, of Christ, of Christians, of the souls of men, that the redeemed find their highest happiness. Hatred is a passion full of misery; love an emotion full of joy … Paul would have that love exercised in the highest degree …

The comfort and consolation of the Father comes from His great love for and to us. Notice how in the following divine chain-of-events love is the end result of God’s working in the believer. It all starts with “tribulations” and it ends in the “love of God.”

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us (Romans 5:3-5).

Notice the order of working:

  • tribulation works patience
  • patience works experience
  • experience works hope
  • hope works boldness
  • as a result of the love of God being shed abroad in our hearts

So there we have the divine process: tribulation-patience-experience-hope-boldness-love.

Little wonder that Paul calls love,

… the bond of perfectness (Colossians 3:14).

This is the end result of our divine calling,

… that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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