Matthew Henry said, “It is not enough that we do not delight in the sins of others, and that we have not fellowship with them, but we must mourn for them, and lay them to heart; we must grieve for that which we cannot help, as those that hate sin for its own sake, and have a tender concern for the souls of others.”
Volumes of information are available to outline the needs of our world. Many of us who were raised in a Christian atmosphere have grown very accustomed to pointing out the darkness and the deeds of wicked men. We quote statistics that tell the same story. We do live in a dark world, but what are we doing about it?
Henry suggests here that we, “lay them to heart…and grieve for that which we cannot help…and have a tender concern for the souls of men.” We indeed are hypocrites if all we do is denounce the darkness and refuse the let our light shine. If the troubles of our world do not drive us to our knees, we prove that we are not as our Lord.
In all of our grumbling, griping and spiritual gyrating let us take the needs of others to the throne of grace and find grace to help in this time of great need.