“If everything is up for me to judge, could I say that God’s promises are just words without action? Could I think like that?”
“Wait, I hear you say God never fails to keep his promises and I should pray more? You are not walking with me hand in hand in this trial. Do you know what I'm going through?”
Sometimes, a generic reply could push hurting people away; it could discourage those who are sincerely in need of help or encouragement. Generic replies may also imply to some people that they do not “believe” enough for their own breakthrough or they did not do enough right things and pray enough.
As a Christian, there will be times where you would not know what to say to those who are hurting. This is simply because words are not enough to comfort their pain and anguish. Do not despair, do not feel like you have to say something just because you think you should give them bible verses or say something positive.
It may be hard to believe but your presence speaks louder than words. Your attentiveness to their cries is enough to say that “I’m here and I care.” After all’s been said, go to your quiet place alone and pray for them. Fight with them in prayer and God will hear both of your pleas. That way, you are encouraging the hurting without judgement and at the same time blessing them with your faith in prayer.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
- Irene Soon