Paul is writing to the church of Corinth to defend himself as an Apostle of Jesus but also to describe what life looks like as a follower of Christ. Paul writes to the church about the life of a Christian. He describes God as a merciful Father, who knows our weaknesses and has great affection for us. God is the author of pure and perfect comfort. Regardless of the outward circumstances, God comforts us in our afflictions. He comes alongside us and we find comfort when we rely on him - utterly on him. Do not be afraid of affliction, of what is around the corner. Affliction for the sake of Christ may come upon us, but we can rest in the promise that God will comfort us...pure and perfect comfort.