This morning I’m preaching on “Love is Kind” from 1Corinthians 13:4. Here’s a touching story from that lesson about Joseph Bayly. Three of his seven children died at young ages. So he was intimately acquainted with the pain of death and was all too familiar with what he once called the enemy’s “grim violence.”
From Bayly’s book, A View from the Hearse, he shares this emotional encounter following the burial of one of his sons.
“I was sitting, torn by grief. Someone came and talked to me of God’s dealings, of why it happened, of hope beyond the grave. He talked constantly; he said things I knew were true. I was unmoved except to wish he’d go away. He finally did.”
“Another came and sat beside me. He just sat beside me for an hour and more, listened when I said something, answered briefly, prayed simply, left. I was moved. I was comforted. I hated to see him go.”
Love is kind.
Look for a way to love a hurting soul. You don’t have to say much. Just genuinely feel another’s pain.
Love “weeps with those that weep” (Rom. 12:15).
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman