“Help for the rise!”

There is such a thing as being swallowed up with too much sorrow (2 Corinthians 2:7). There is such a thing as sadness that seems to be too much for one to bear. There is a heaviness of heart that can weigh an individual down and under the pressure of it all – making it very hard to rise again.

So, how can we help? What can we do during the times of another’s sorrow that will show them that we care? How can we assist with the rise?

The answer is quite simple, but its simplicity can sometimes get lost in our attempt to overcomplicate what our idea of help is.

The plain and simple fact is we can simply love them. Love, like a healing balm, can cover so much of our inner being and what we feel and struggle with on the inside, and it is a gift that can touch one with a trueness of heart like nothing else can.

What you can do is show your personal, heartfelt love to such a one. Encourage them. Though their times may seem to be twisted in tendrils of travail, they have someone – they have you, who are willing to come by their side and show them love (2 Corinthians 2:8).

Although, in the two verses referenced above, the Apostle Paul is teaching about forgiving the sin of one who had done wrong, and the need to help restore them through love, I would say the principle of showing love and comfort to any who may feel overwhelmed by the battles they face, can be nicely applied as well.

The fact of the matter is, when someone is feeling down, they need a hand – or, should I say, a heart who will come alongside them to help them and just love on them. At one point or another in life, everybody needs somebody who will take us by the hand and help us rise from the heart.

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.  For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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