Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Romans 12:15
No one ever said life was going to be easy. Quite the opposite is true. Jesus said that a life that follows Him will encounter many hardships. Yes, there will be many trials. But the good news is, going through hardships will make us stronger and closer to God when we rely on Him to get us through.
Another plus of going through something in your life is that we know can have empathy for others who are going through a similar situation. A mom can give another mom advice because she has experience with children. A teacher can give another teacher advice because he is going through similar situations in his classroom. Therefore, an ex-griever can give comfort and empathy to someone who is going through a hard time.
We don’t just give sympathy, but in our hearts we have sincere EMPATHY because we have gone through a similar situation. It sure can be an amazing experience to give comfort and assurance to someone who really needs it. And they will accept it, knowing you have been through something like them.
Share with each other a hard time you have gone through. Notice if there are any similarities in your trials.