2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (NLT)
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.

The apostle Paul gives praise to God, the Father of Christ, and also our Father who provides comfort in our times of need. Paul said when we suffer and seek out God’s comfort we learn how to later comfort those who are also suffering.

When a person has never had to experience grief it is hard to relate to a person who is dealing with a grievous issue. We might have sympathy for the situation, but without having experienced the same problem it is hard to be empathetic. Webster’s Dictionary says empathy is the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present. In other words that person has been where the other person is and knows what the experience was like and they relate fully to their suffering. Christ came to this world and fully experienced our life. He understood heartache, pain, suffering, abuse, torture and many other hardships. It is why Christ understands and can relate to our feelings when we are suffering. It is why Christ wants to reach out and offer His comfort to us during those times. It is also why Christ wants us to reach out to others, because many of us understand the difficulties of life and have been there before. Pray the Lord would help you to see the needs of others and reach out to them with understanding. Pray God can use the difficulties of your past to bring strength to others.