The thing that makes this even more overwhelming to me is that this is one of 24 times Paul has referenced “encouragement” or “comfort” in chapters 1 – 7.
As I am working through this book the pattern that seems to be emerging is one of Paul being encouraged or comforted in any and all of the circumstance he experiences. Why? The answer seems to be hanging at the front door in 2 Corinthians 1:3 – 4. There was something about Paul’s relationship with Christ that filled Paul with encouragement and comfort in all that he did. I do not share as complete an experience of encouragement and comfort as Paul. I would like to. I wonder how to tap into that? I wonder if we even can; or was Paul special?