Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart
is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound (Proverbs 25:20)
Sometimes, our counsel can make things worse.
We feel like we’re being helpful, but in reality, we make life more painful and difficult to bear.
So next time someone you know is dealing with a lot of life, and isn’t sure how to handle it, don’t try singing a happy song. Don’t sugar coat things and tell them that it’s not that bad. Because maybe it is that bad.
Instead, try weeping with those who weep. (Romans 12:15)
Or just being quiet. (Job 2:13)
Or pointing them to the unchanging hope of life with Christ. Not to the quickly fading hope of a good and easy life on earth. (2 Corinthians 1:5)