A friend taught me about bad-mad-sad. He said that, when somebody is bad, bad is just the tip of the iceberg. Underneath bad is mad, and underneath mad is sad. Understanding bad-mad-sad makes it a lot easier to say me-too.

“[C]lothe yourselves with compassion . . . bearing with one another and forgiving. . . .” Colossians 3:12-13

Father, give me the courage and kindness to look underneath.