INTRODUCTION. The love that binds the church together expresses itself in concern for each other. This is especially the case in times of suffering. The body of Christ is similar to the human body in that “whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it” (see I Corinthians 12:26). Every Christian has the responsibility of extending comfort and consolation to suffering brethren in Christ. This week’s lesson teaches that God does not bestow comfort and consolation on us simply for our own benefit. The trials we endure through God’s mercy enable us to help others who experience similar troubles.