(Proverbs 14:13 KJV) Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
Today this verse is reminding me to be more sensitive to other people, to look beyond the surface. People are good at covering up their pain. I know because I have covered up my own at times. I think of a teacher I work with. She always had a smile and a gentle word for her students. One day I found the time to get to know her a little better and found that her personal life was falling apart through no fault of her own that I could see. She was full of “pain” (3510) but doing an excellent job of covering it up. She will now share how it is going occasionally. I have asked her how I should be praying for her.
I do not have the gift of mercy. I am not really good at this but we are all called to show the love of Christ to a hurting world.
So? People around us are hurting. They are good at covering it up. You and I cannot solve their problems. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit would use me as a tool for Him to bring them to the point of real healing and salvation. We apply band-aids. He does the surgery.