Here's the quote Loni chose for us to write about:
Difficult times are hard enough to deal with. But sometimes the reactions of people make it harder. I think of Job's friends who thought they were being good friends. Unfortunately they weren't much of a comfort as they questioned why these bad things were happening to Job.
Sometimes difficulties can be the result of consequences of sin and poor choices. But sometimes life happens. After all, we live in a far from perfect world this side of eternity. And our difficulties can't always be reasoned and explained.
I've been going through a season of challenges. This has caused me to be so much more sensitive to others going through similar circumstances. In the past, I may have been one to stereotype or consider someone foolish if they found themselves in these circumstances. But I'm realizing that's not always the case.
The Bible gives us wisdom in this regard. 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 says:
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
I'm so thankful for the comfort and help I've received as I go through difficult times. My prayer is that I would be able to help and comfort others with the same comfort I received.
How about you? Are you more sensitive to others when you've experienced similar tragedies or challenges?
Blessings and love,