Read: Proverbs 25
Verse: 20 (NLT)
"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."
I was caught off guard reading this at first. If someone is sad, why wouldn't they want cheerful songs? Of course, I'm a musician so music ALWAYS makes me feel better!
However, upon reflection and looking at other translations, I found that "he who [thoughtlessly] sings [joyful] songs to a heavy heart" is like [a reactive, useless mixture of] vinegar on soda." (AMP)
In other words, don't take away someone's comfort (coat in cold) weather or be useless by not caring when you share. Sometimes, we try so hard to take the pain away from someone and slap a band-aid on their hurts so WE can feel better. We don't like to see others in pain, but we can wallow in our own for hours.
Sometimes the Lord gives me a Bible verse for a person or some other insight. I have learned that I need to pray before I share. Is it just for me to pray and not share, or do I really need to share it? Remember "Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken at the right time." (Proverbs 25:11)
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