We live in a world where pain, anger, and depression are more prominent than ever. It seems like every time there is a tragedy, we hear people who knew the suspect say they saw signs of pain and trouble. Maybe there is someone in your own life that is in mental distress, angry, melancholy? Do you see signs of it on their social media pages, or through personal interaction with them?
Our reaction to their pain is one thing. But, are you interacting with them? Not sure what to do?
Paul writes that the love of Jesus can break through the sadness and anger. The chapter in 1 Corinthians 13 explains in detail the power of love. I love verse 7- love NEVER gives up on people. The love of Jesus that we extend to a person in trouble.
As Christians, we need to be more mindful of those around us- friends and strangers- and have a Christ-like heart to want to help.Kind words or a loving gesture may chip away at that hurt or anger. It will lead that individual on a path to healing through Jesus.
If you don't know how to reach out, there are so many resources at our fingertips. We can turn to our pastors, research the internet, find books. We also need to be encouraging our kids to do the same or ask an adult to help. Explain to them that they are not ratting someone out, but helping someone to ease the sadness or anger. It may prevent the person from harming themselves or others.
I encourage you to keep all of that in mind the next time you encounter someone who is suffering. What can you do to bring love into their lives? The love that is patient and kind, the love that never gives up on people! The love of Jesus!
In Christ's love,