"...weep with those who weep." Romans 12: 15b
We bless those who harass us, we rejoice in abundance with those who are rejoicing, and God says that we should weep with those who suffer great loss. The old saying is "Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone" is to true. But God challenges us to have full empathy with those around us.
The word for weep here carries the connotation of mourning and lamenting. The idea of one who is in deep pain and anguish because of a death.
When we come upon people in deep distress and anguish, we often feel at a loss for words. That is totally appropriate. God tells us often in His Word that coming beside a person during their time of duress is all we need to do. We don't need to say the "magic words" to make it all better - all we need to do is to cry with them.
As God places people in your pathway that are under duress - don't seek words to change their situation - just "cry with them."
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