“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”
Pain & Sadness
When I was engaged to be married to a woman who was not quite right for me, it dragged us both down. When I knew God did not want me with that woman, I knew I had to end the relationship.
The bad news is that I did not want to. This led to a deep depression. My heart was so heavy that it held me in place, emotionally and physically. I was practically useless for a couple of weeks and literally useless for a few days, those last days of which I sat slouched on a couch not moving except to go to the bathroom.
My heavy heart literally made me stoop and slouch.
I was in mourning for a relationship that had yet to end.
It seemed that nothing anyone said could help.
The thing that did it was a dear brother in the Lord saying “God loves you. Show Him you love Him, too.”
It made me realize how to live out Jesus’ words: “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)
I needed to show God that I loved Him more than anything or anyone else. It took a friend’s words to lift me up and make me move.
Kindness & Love
It is a great kindness to share a good word with someone with a heavy heart full of pain and/or sadness. It should be done with love, and that love should be the love of God.
Someone can offer a kind word, even a good word, to someone, but if it is done at the wrong time or in the wrong way it can have the opposite effect.
Sometimes, the best thing to say is nothing at all. It is just to sit there, to be there.
God of mercy and kindness, thank You for leading us to and through those times of pain and sadness. Thank You that You also provide us with those people and words that can lift us up to gladness, again. Give us a heart to share that love and kindness to others, and give us the wisdom to know when to speak and when to simply be there.