Today we are talking about comforting people in their suffering. How can we come alongside Christians that are suffering, with compassion and hope? People suffer and respond to suffering differently. We need to look for ways to encourage fellow believers with truth and kindness, without trying to fix their circumstances.
We share a few stories of friends and church members that we have walked beside through suffering. Currently, one family in our church that is going through a significant trial. Their faith-filled suffering has been such a great encouragement to the church body. Every time they speak, the church is blessed by their honest words of faith in the midst of uncertainty.
We also talk about some ways that we can meet practical needs. Sometimes we just need to “be there” with people, and sometimes we need to cry with those that are hurting. We can provide meals or childcare to those might be overwhelmed with life.
In closing, we remind you also to “set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet. 1:13)
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Links and Recommendations:
Strong and Weak – by Andy Crouch
Being There: Dave & Gloria Furman on suffering
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