Troubles come. Like the involuntary response of breathing, troubles come without us thinking about them. It’s a fact of life. In this world we will face circumstances, sometimes devastating circumstances, but it’s part of the human experience, right? Yes, but…
We still have to deal with the fall out from these situations. Feelings of heartbreak, loss, grief, betrayal, fear – they have to be dealt with somehow. Emotions are real, but, if they are left alone to grow and take root in our lives they morph into: self-pity, jealousy, bitterness, mistrust and more fear. They become the master, and we each become their slave.
Ok – so what? Should we just stuff them away pretending they don’t exist? No, denying emotions is ineffective at best and ultimately can produce Pompeii-sized eruptions, spewing debris on those around us and leaving us miserable, vulnerable and lost.
True, we are emotional beings. However, as beneficial as emotions are, there is a downside. Painful emotions can take on a life of their own unless we are brave enough to face them and seek healing in Christ.
“We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” Hebrews 4:15-16 MSG
Jesus, is so ready to help as we acknowledge the pain and emotions that need to be addressed. He lovingly begins to lift our brokenness as soon as we begin to surrender it to Him. He generously comforts us as we apply the balm of His Word to our situation, our emotions, our healing. He wraps us in His grace and sustains us as we heal.
“All praise goes to God, Father of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. He is the Father of compassion, the God of all comfort. He consoles us as we endure the pain and hardship of life so that we may draw from His comfort and share it with others in their own struggles.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (VOICE)
“This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life.” Psalm 119:50 (AMP)
It’s a process and it takes some time, but our God will bring us through it – stronger, revived and ready to come along side someone else who is in need.
Slave to my emotions? Uh… No, not this girl!