Read John 14:15-18, 25-27.

Jesus reassured them that even though He was going away, the Father would send another Helper to them. Throughout this passage, Jesus primarily refers to the Holy Spirit as the Helper. The Greek word can mean advocate, intercessor, advisor, or comforter. It literally means “one who comes alongside.” What do each of the Greek words meaning show us about the Holy Spirit? What are his roles?

Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-7.

God is described as our Father here, the father of mercies and the God of all comfort. In a healthy family, a father or mother is the source of all com- fort for a child. Who does a child run to with a skinned their knee? Or another kid has called them a name? Or they have a nightmare in the night? One hug or kiss from Mom or Dad can take away all the pain, even if it doesn’t stop the mean kid or the nightmares from happening. So the Holy Spirit is our Comforter in the midst of pain and suffering. He may not take away the suffering, but He will comfort us through it. How should we view suffering as believers?