The True Meaning of Comfort

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever. 
John 14:16

As I meditated on the concept of Comfort while preparing to write this post, I reflected that it’s a word that evokes strong feelings, and it comes with conflicting connotations in modern times.  We are urged to “get out of [our] comfort zones” on the one hand while we are bombarded with advertisements promising comfort through consumerism on the other.  Along with visions of stuffing ourselves with so-called comfort foods come images of a fat and lazy populace too comfortable and complacent to do anything.
And yet Jesus promises us comfort, so what did He mean?  If it’s something He wants to give us, how can it be bad?
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