For when we came into Macedonia, this body of ours had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn–conflicts on the outside, fears within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever. (7:5-7).
“Our God is a God of comfort, and He is near to us in times of affliction. He does not leave His children to suffer alone but comforts us through the people around us. And out of the comfort and love we receive, we are able to comfort others as well” (SWIM).