How To Comfort The Broken Heart
“The biggest thing you can do for those who are suffering is not to talk platitudes, not to ask questions, but to get into contact with God, and the “greater works” will be done by prayer. -Oswald Chambers
Proverbs 25:11 (ESV) “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”
Comforting someone in need requires a sensitive spirit as well-intentioned words can often end up wounding a hurting soul. The Word of God warns us not to be quick with our words. Wisdom comes in many forms and from all directions. Expressions of compassion should not always be spoken out loud. Great healing can come from the privacy of a prayer closet.
Certainly reckless words will pierce like a sword. Therefore, if you do not know what to say in a sensitive situation, it is best to be silent. Compassion and love can be expressed through your eyes and through gestures of love. Great help and healing will come as well if you offer up a person to the Great Physician.
A note card with just the words, “I love you and I care” is always a welcomed gift. Make your words of comfort few but full of love. With God’s grace, your simple gesture might open up another door for you. It could even lead to acts of service and an opportunity to share your faith.
A depressed person will not have the energy or concentration to listen to a long and involved conversation about God. Share simple truths and offer to write down a few scriptures of encouragement for them. Pray that God leads you to the perfect verses so that they bring healing and not further wounding.
Proverbs 12:18 (NIV) “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
Proverbs 10:19 (NIV) “Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.”