Saturday, April 29, 2017

Looking For Someone To Care

“To him that is afflicted pity should be showed from his friend…Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends.” 

In spite of his passionate plea, this good man was shown little, if any pity from these “miserable comforters.” How self-righteous we can be at those times when we do not understand the “why” of another’s sufferings. Like Job’s acquaintances, we invariably tag onto them, “He must have sinned against God.”

But what Job could not find in others, in the end, he found in his God. In the inspired history of the old patriarch’s life, James records for us, “Ye have heard of…Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy.”
If we are going to play God, let’s make sure we’re reading from the right script. In life’s divine drama, each of us has the same lines: “…be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.”

It’s a pitiful person indeed who will not show pity to another. (rds)

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