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Sympathy and strength

Sympathy and strength

It’s when life comes crashing in on us that we need the love, the sympathy, and the support of our friends the most.

Poor Job longed for it, but didn’t get it. In the midst of his suffering his friends offer him no more than churchy clichés and pious platitudes.

Job needs what we all need when we’re suffering – not someone to try and explain why things are happening or even to suggest strategies for how to cope with it, but just someone to be with us, and share our pain.

That’s the real meaning of sympathy: not someone saying ‘there, there’ but someone actually being there.

Sympathy says, ‘I understand what you’re going through and I’m here for you.’

Sympathy acknowledges our struggles and gives us the strength to overcome them.

Even when there seems to be no one around who can sympathize with your struggles, there is.

Jesus sympathizes with us– he can, because he’s been through the full spectrum of pain and suffering: ‘For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.’  (Hebrews 4:15-16 ESV) (Jesus is our great high priest. Seriously, there’s so much in this. Go read some Hebrews.)

What Now?

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you someone who is hurting today, and pray for an opportunity to show sympathy in an appropriate way.

‘For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend…’​  Job 6:14 NAS

Joy Ferdiz

July 12th, 2014

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