Do you know how to respond to a hurting friend? Most of us don't unless we've gone through suffering ourselves (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).
In Psalm 69:20, the Psalmist laments that he looked for comforters but found none--a common problem.
But this shouldn't happen! Here are some ways anyone can comfort:
- Be available--Help with physical and emotional needs without making your friend feel they're imposing on your schedule.
- Be non-judgmental--Most of us are arrogant enough to think we understand why someone is suffering. We must avoid the trap of becoming a "Job's friend."
- Be a listener, not a "fixer"--Too often we think we need to give advice when we simply need to listen, comfort and pray: "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." Romans 12:15