Arthur S. Way’s translation of 2 Corinthians1:4 is, “Blessed be he who in all my affliction comforts me so perfectly that I have comfort to spare.” Beautiful! Part of God’s purpose for letting us experience the crushing circumstances of life is to prepare us for ministry to others. Help from heaven does not arrive via angelic messenger. Not normally. It is delivered to a broken heart via the voice of a person prepared for such ministry by the experience of similar heartbreak. “Comfort one another with these words” says the Bible in 1 Thessalonians 4:18. No one is more qualified to do this task than the person who KNOWS through personal experience both the affliction and the help that is available in Christ. When we suffer with Christ (dealing with our anger and doubts, turning again and again to trust God) our hearts are changed and prepared for ministry in a broken world. He gives us comfort to spare.