It's hard for some people to understand or empathize with another person's trials and life experiences. Even I have difficulty expressing outwardly the inner hurt I feel when someone is going through. I'm learning how to be a better friend emotionally. Some of my past experiences have caused me to carry around a hard exterior and to avoid those who may actually be in need of support.
At one time in my life I needed to wear this armor because I was so destroyed emotionally, I needed the persona to make me feel stronger than what I really was at that moment.
But now that armor is becoming a heavy burden. God told me that I've been putting on the wrong armor for far too long! He told me to hand over that heaviness for garments of joy! He told me to put on His holy armor: a belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, and shield of faith! Never to forget the helmet of salvation and my Sword, which is the Word of God!