Wednesday, December 30, 2015


One of the main things required in dealing with those who are hurting is to have real sympathy (Romans12:15; 1 Corinthians 12:26; Proverbs 17:17). This is an application of the basic commandment to love our neighbor (Matthew 22:36-40; Romans 13:8-10; Philippians 2:3-11).  If we really care about people and show we really care about people, we can can frequently get away with things like giving advice and quoting appropriate Bible verses. If we do not show we care, virtually everything we say will tend to bounce off. We can show we care by being there and listening. The problem with showing we care is, it hurts. It is easier to throw out a quick cliche or a Bible verse (a Bible verse in this context tends to become a cliche). Real caring means we hurt with the person. And this is almost never easy. But it is what God calls us to do.


  1. Great thoughts Mike. Reminds me of the Good Samaritan parable.

    1. A clear example, it would not have helped if the priest or the Levite would have mouthed a cheery cliche as they passed the man by.

    2. At least they had a biblical excuse. God told them through Moses that they would be unclean if they helped the injured man. Hence they would not be able to go to temple. And we all know that attending religious services is way more important than helping someone in need

      Hmmm. Maybe there is a message for modern day pastors and church workers there?

    3. I agree we can develop the same attitudes. After all if I associate with "sinners" people might question my commitment to holiness.

    4. Great perspective Mike.

      Happy 2016 brother.