John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another COMFORTER, that he may abide with you for ever;
Jesus shortly before His arrest and Crucifixion gave His disciples last minute instructions in the discourse recorded in John chapters 14-16. He knew they’d face a new aloneness they hadn’t experienced before because He was about to leave them. He also knew they’d face a new antagonism directed at them like it was directed at Him. In four different references (Jn. 14:16; 14:26; 15:26; 16:7) He tells them that a replacement, another to fill in for Him, and another that would be to them all that He had been to them would come called the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost. The word for Comforter in its various forms and parts of its root word can mean:
1. One called to ones side to help (or to pick up)
2. One who speaks tenderly
3. Solace or a soothing like a medicine that relieves irritation or pain.
This is what the Comforter the Holy Ghost does: He comes alongside us to pick us up by speaking tenderly to us and in a way that soothes our pain like a medicine. Jesus said He would be with us forever. That means we have comfort available to pick us up, speak tenderly to us, and soothe our pain like a medicine FOREVER. We shouldn’t ignore our pain but pay attention to our pain and learn to process it Biblically. One of the ways is to allow the Comforter, The Holy Ghost, to comfort us. It is better than trying to run away from it, medicating our pain with drugs, or drowning our pain with alcohol. No side effects either, just relief. Why should we live in pain when, thank God, the Comforter HAS come?