Sunday, March 16, 2014

What The World Needs Most Is Love, Sweet Love

Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him. And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads toward heaven. And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great. Job 2:11-13

People in crisis do not need ten easy steps on how to turn that frown upside down. They don't need a few pointers on how to get up and get going. They don't need reminders of past failures and sin - they know them all too well. They don't need new goals, a new outlook, a different perspective, or the latest health improvement regimen. People in crisis are in a complicated situation that no one really understands.

One way the Bible instructs us when facing a friend who is suffering is found in this passage from Job. Upon hearing of his sorrow, Job's friends went to him to show him sympathy and comfort. They wept with him and sat with him.

This is a beautiful picture of care for a friend. We sometimes wrongly assume that hurting people need or want to be left alone. Or, we leave hurting people alone because we don't know what to say or how to respond.

However, the opposite is true. People in crisis need the help other's can provide. Think about it this way. Suppose you break your leg. You go to the doctor but the doctor does not come out to see you. You are sent home having received no help, no care. Although you are in severe pain and can hardly walk, the doctor has determined it is best for you to heal on your own.

Jesus reached out his healing hand to those in greatest need...the crippled, the demon-possessed, the dead, and those who had no idea of the depth of their need.

He did not wait for their repentance to come. It was in his coming that he granted it. Only the gospel compels that kind of love. Love engenders love.

It's what we all need most...

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