“For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; lest he forsake the fear of the Almighty.” (Job 6:14)
Perhaps the number one cause of discouragement for those with problems is the lack of support on the part of other Christians.
Often children are cruel to those who are different, and in this matter I often wonder if some Christians have reverted to childhood.
What most troubled people don’t need is for someone else to point out their problems or to counsel them about the sins in their lives that are causing the problems.
The majority of people who are discouraged already recognize they have erred (if they have) and have more than adequately condemned themselves. What they need is love and support.
The lack of loyalty to Christians undergoing problems is not new. All through the apostle Paul’s letters there is evidence that his problems caused others to doubt his calling and to avoid him. Looking back further in time, the record of Job’s friends stands as a testimony to disloyalty.
Outwardly, treat your troubled friends with patience, kindness, and love. And lift them up in intercessory prayers.
Daily Scripture Reading: Numbers 8-10