“And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them”(Mk.10:13). Can you imagine how the parents must have felt as the disciples turned them away. They just wanted Jesus to touch their children, but the disciples showed a lack of sympathy to them. Lack of sympathy from the church is an obstacle that can test our faith. What if you endured a tragedy and your church family didn’t show sympathy or concern for you? That would hurt any of us and test the strongest faith.
We all need sympathetic love and support from our church family at times. I’m sure there are times when we don’t know what to say to our hurting brother or sister, but avoiding them and their situation could hurt their faith beyond repair. It’s important that we all understand that there are times when there is nothing anyone can say. Also, know that you don’t have to utter a word to show sympathy to the hurting. A hug, handshake, a pat on the back and just being there are the acts that show true sympathy, love and support. I’m sure hurting Christians have been overlooked by the church at times, but I’m positive that is never done on purpose. My prayer is that our church family will diligently work together to never be a faith testing obstacle to others because of our lack of sympathy for the hurting.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep”(Rom.12:15).