You need to understand that Christian comfort, the Bible teaches us, is different from the comfort that people seek in this world, namely: reaches, expensive vacations, position, career, etc… The comfort of this world is a comfort of body and senses, but the Christian comfort is the comfort of soul because it happens deep inside. And soul is what powers the body and five senses.
Why Do We Love Worldly Comfort
St Maximus the Confessor explains our desire for worldly comfort in a very meaningful way. “The self-indulgent person loves wealth because it enables him to live comfortably; the person full of self esteem loves it because through it he can gain the esteem of others; the person who lacks faith loves it because, fearful of starvation, old age, disease, or exile, he can save it and hoard it. He puts his trust in wealth rather than in God, the Creator who provides for all creation, down to the least of living things,” he writes in Philokalia.
What is Spiritual Comfort
Spiritual comfort is like the sea, writes Archimandrite Symeon, in Pravmir. “Externally, let everything else threaten us. Like the sea: The wind blows, waves rise. But deep down it’s all quiet, peaceful, serene,” he says. True spiritual work happens inside our heart.
This is why our Lord Jesus said, “when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matt. 6:6)
He also said that the Kingdom of God is within us, (Luke 17:21) and that the peace and comfort He gives us is different then the peace, which this world gives us. And after these words he added that we shouldn’t let our hearts be troubled and shouldn’t be afraid (John 14:27) when we encounter the difference between our expected worldly comfort and the spiritual comfort that that is beyond all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Spiritual comfort is the one that guards our hearts and minds in Jesus Christ.
This Explains The Meaning of Suffering
When we understand that comfort is first of all is an inside work, the external threats will not make us afraid and they will not be able to force us to lose our peace. This is one of the reasons, our Lord teaches us not to be afraid of those who can even “kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” (Matt. 10:28) But if you want to avoid suffering to a degree, deprive yourself from things that cause harm to your body and soul. Do not judge others. Do not gossip. Do not overeat. Truly love your God and Love your neighbor.
12 Comforting Bible Verses
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7
“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” says your God. Isaiah 40:1
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. John 14:16
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3
And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. Revelations 21:4
Difficult times come upon us often. In those rough times if you have little trust in God, you will see that you will learn to trust Him even more. Apostle Paul calls us to get rid of the old self because it’s corrupted by deceitful desires. You have to sweat and strain yourself in order to get rid of the old self. But do not be afraid. God is there with you and guides you if you put his complete trust in Him.