Carrying Around Some Extra Weight
Posted: Tuesday, October 18
1 Timothy 3:1-16
Verse of the day:
Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound.
Lots of people are carrying around some extra weight. Solomon describes this type of person as having a ‘heavy heart’. It has been observed that our generation has the highest percentage of people who deal with a constant low-grade depression. We’re not talking about a deep clinical depression, which is an important issue, but people who constantly live with a heaviness of the heart. For a lot of people, they can't even put their finger on it, there's nothing that's really, really wrong; but yet nothing is just right.
How should we relate to someone with a heavy heart?
Solomon tells us we should exercise great sensitivity. He says we shouldn’t sing cheerful songs around such a person, making light of their misery. Don’t try to cheer them up with jokes or try to distract them with some fun diversion. Romans 12:15 tells us to ‘Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.’ To enter into another person’s joys and sorrows requires empathy and relational intelligence.
I’m thankful for family and friends who have been present when I’ve had a heavy heart. People will never forget…
· When you visited them at a hospital
· Dropped a meal off at their home while they were sick
· Attended a funeral with them.
As a pastor I do weddings and funerals. I prefer weddings any day, yet when I look back I think God has used me more during times of grief than in times of celebration. So don’t be afraid to enter into the sorrows of others. Share with them the peace and comfort you receive from Christ.