One of the things I have been learning about sharing God’s love with people who are experiencing great pain, is that it is almost always more helpful to be a gracious presence than an encyclopedia of biblical knowledge.
Does that seem counter intuitive to you?
In truth, for many Christians who find themselves in a situation where they are seeing or hearing about the deep pain that another is in, the default response is to quote Scripture or reference theological truths.
We say things like:
- “It was God’s will that this happened,” citing Job 1:21 (NIV) Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.
- “God has a plan for your life,” citing Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans…
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