The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy. – Prov 14:10
Bitterness of soul often arises from outward troubles, pains, and diseases of body, losses, crosses, and disappointments. When we MEET people where they HURT, we tell them, “I understand” your pain! Hurting people HURT PEOPLE! If we are honest everyone knows what bitterness and sorrow feel like. When we understand the PURPOSE OF OUR PAIN, the reason we are allowed to hurt, to struggle, to experience things that break our heart – then we are open to becoming SET APART, to the LORD. We are called to be HOLY, for our God is HOLY! (1 Peter 1:16) Nothing creates HOLINESS like enduring pain and suffering to the GLORY OF GOD!
Leader, The verse above can be translated literally, ‘the heart knoweth the bitterness of his soul’. Neither our joys nor our sorrows can be wholly shared with another; no person stands in such intimate relation to us, or can put himself so entirely in our place, as to feel that which we feel. There is many a dark spot, many a grief, of which our best friend knows nothing; the skeleton is locked in the cupboard, and no one has the key but ourselves. But we can turn with confidence to the God-Man, Jesus, who knows our frame, who wept human tears, and bore our sorrows, and was in all points tempted like as we are, and who has taken his human experience with him into heaven.
Conduit, For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;(1 Tim 2:5) Jesus is described by the prophet Isaiah in 53:3; He was despised and rejected–a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Jesus knows the bitterness of your heart, He too was rejected and despised and people didn’t even care! You can be like JESUS by sharing in other’s brokenness and pain. Reach out to them, feel their pain, understand their brokenness and be an encouragement; BE LIKE JESUS! Amen!