Only God’s Spirit can truly mend a broken heart
Published 8:29 am Friday, October 13, 2023
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Dear Rev. Graham: I am a caregiver to the elderly and want to have a good spirit, not give advice on how to navigate old age, because I don’t know how it feels to be old yet. People who are old and sickly need help, but caregivers need help in knowing how to help. Are there ideas that get overlooked in this area? – C.G.
Dear C.G.: The Word of God is where we “find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). A simple prayer for someone and offering a Scripture passage that has meant something personal are ways of reaching out to others. Seldom do others resent a prayer or a word of encouragement. God provides comfort through His Word to people in time of stress. The Lord knows the intent of the heart and He helps us be sensitive to others and helps us recognize the needs of those around us. When we ask Him to show us how to lend a helping hand – He will. Rather than passing on our personal advice, how much more effective it is to share God’s loving promises.
We need to build trust through listening, also. Many times people in need just simply want a listening ear. Only God’s Spirit can truly mend a broken heart, but we can be a part of the healing process also by simply being present. People who have experienced suffering are often the ones who can minister best. We don’t have to be a preacher or a counselor, but we can all be comforters. The greatest comfort is in knowing that those who belong to Jesus Christ will know His comfort and promise that He will never leave or forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5-6).
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)