God's pattern in his dealings with his people is to give them trials. Pressures lead to prayer, to receiving consolation, and to the strength to minister to others the consolation we have received. 1. Paul's experience. 2. Paul's thanksgiving. 3. His exhortation. Application 1. Doing God's work does not mean peace and tranquility. 2. Are you a Titus, bringing cheer to a downcast believer? 3. Ministers so love their people that they will die with them if necessary.