“Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.” Philippians 4:14
The word fellowship is normally implied and associated with friends in a joy filled gathering, but we see here a different implication for fellowship. A different type of communication, one that is not so joy filled, yet it is one that has great meaning. It shows us here that we can have fellowship with other people's suffering. When we spend time learning and experiencing other people’s difficulties we have fellowship with them. But why does Paul say here, “ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction”? In other places, Galatians 6:1, 2 for example we are instructed, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” And “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” The growing problem today is that people avoid this, their hearts have waxed cold towards other people and their sufferings, they have stated, “It’s not my problem leave me alone!” In doing this they do not do well and they forsake the law of Christ.
We are all called to overcome evil with good, and to pass by another as they struggle through life is to allow evil to overcome all that is good in life. This must not be allowed to continue, what then can we do? We must show the world that we are Christian and as Christians we communicate with the afflictions of others, sharing and caring for them as they learn to overcome evil with good also.
Is someone hurting today? Take the time to share with them, to listen to them, and to help them overcome their difficulty. In bearing the burdens of others with them, you do well.