Senior Pastor Marty Grubbs continued in the series Unwavering, teaching through the book of Job. When Job was in his greatest pain he was joined by three of his friends who brought advice about his suffering. This became a good lesson in what not to do or say when someone is going through trials and pain. The best, and most helpful, counsel would bring healing. Instead, Job’s friends brought words and counsel that cut deeper and rubbed salt in the wounds. They zeroed in on what Job said without understanding how he felt. Job’s friends modeled what loosely could be called misguided religious platitudes – making a hard situation harder. Empathy is what is called for when sitting with someone who is experiencing trauma. We have the advantage of living with the model of empathy in Jesus Christ.
“You often hear words coming from a good heart, people with good intentions, but they say the stupidest things.” - Kay Warren