Tue, 01/18/2011 - 11:18 -- Joyce Long

“weep with them that weep.” Romans 12:15

I sat in church with a broken heart. I cried during the songs. I cried during the message. I cried during the prayer. I’m sure the lady in the pew next to me knew I was crying, but, when the benediction was spoken, she neatly turned to the woman on the other side of her and never spoke a word to my aching, breaking heart. It is not fair that I share this story because our church was full of caring people and I was the recipient of caring at other times. However, take a moment to think about who sat beside you in church last Sunday. Was that person happy or hurting? Did you speak to her? Do you really care about other people and take time to hear what they are going through? I mean listen with your heart, your expression, and your eyes. Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loveth at all times.” All times means all-the-time; when she rejoices, when she weeps, when her children are faithful, when they go astray, when she is sick, when she is well, when she gives to you, and when she cannot give.

Scripture tells us to bear one another’s burdens and comfort with the comfort you’ve been comforted with. Don’t just look to your own things, but also to the things of others. Confess your faults to one another, pray for each other and do good, hoping for nothing in return.

Become aware of other’s hurts – care, comfort and bless.

--Elizabeth Lapp

Women's Devotional Image 2011-01-18 06:18