And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
~Luke 15:20, KJV ~
Cheery Christian platitudes are not much help to many who are feeling desperate and struggling in their faith. Nor is a hearty attitude: “Pray and God will provide.” A struggling Christian who is dealing with sin, fears, doubt, crisis, or experience significant loss may feel further removed from from hope and encouragement in a bright and optimistic circle of Christian believers.
Such platitudes are far removed from how Christ ministered to those in need of healing. Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus Christ meeting individuals where they are at. He met them at their level. Met them in their own dire straits. The parable of the Prodigal Son gives us the scriptural truth that we are called to meet those struggling where they are at. Not placate with hearty attitude that all things will work for good. For it is not up to us to determine where others ought to be. It is up to us to meet them where they are at and minister to their needs in their present moment.
It is a true Christian mindful and spiritual experience to lead a desperate individual into a new point of view. We learn the subtle difference between pity and empathetic understanding. We do not flaunt our own Christian blessings and victories. We allow God’s love and blessings speak for themselves.
A good Christian ministers by keeping in touch. Greatly conveys love and acceptance in the darkest hours another is facing. It gives inspiration and love of Christ to those struggling.
~ Today’s Prayer and Meditation ~
Heavenly Father, help me minister to those struggling. Bring me to a place to meet them where they are at. Assist me in being empathetic and give me the necessary words to speak and comfort to those broken. As I minister, let it be Christ who ministers through me. In Jesus Christ name, Amen.
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