Job 16:1-5 Then Job answered and said, I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all. Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul’s stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you. But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.
How do you use your words? Are you an encourager or a discourager? Job is hurting. He has basically lost everything. His friends come. They begin to tell him why he is suffering and it turns into a judgmental, critical session.
They think that they are doing God’s will and work and are helping Job get back to the narrow way. They have not listened. They have no confidence in their friend. They are sure that he must have sinned and that is why things are going wrong.
His children are dead. He has lost all of his wealth. They heap the words up against him.
This makes me question how we treat each other in the ministry, in the family, in the church. We are famous for shooting our wounded. We are famous for being judgmental and critical. We long ago it seems lost the idea of unconditional love.
Job says if I were talking to you then I would strengthen you and I would comfort you in your time of grief.
I want Vision to be a place of refuge. Yes, we will preach the truth. Yes, we will stand right where we ought to stand but we will do it lovingly. The world is full of hurting people. They are suffering. They are literally dying under a load of guilt.
Their family is in trouble. They need the Lord, they need a pastor and church that will love them exactly where they are and how they are. I ask you to join me in saying that we will love and help people.
God will make a difference in their lives. He is the change agent not us. We have no right to feel any better than any of them. God rescued us and changed us.
I ask you to say with me and with the Lord Jesus that all those that are hurting, laboring under a load of guilt and rules, and baggage from the past can come to our church and here receive love and help.
I do not want to be miserable comforter. Do you?