For everyone, pain is real. Pain is normal. There is no exception. We can choose to share pain in such a way that hurts others who are not deserving or we can simply be responsible for accepting pain and find healthy means which allow us to heal.
Accept your true self, good and bad. Is this not what the start of forgiveness is all about. How easy it seems to divert our pain by finding fault in others or say yes by taking abuse from others. Pagans and Christians alike in all parts of translated scripture made changes in their lives when they simply learned to say no to others unresolved pain and demands, and yes to Gods truth and grace in their own lives-giving way to great possibilities. People learned to be responsible “to” others and yet not “for” others.1 This seemed to be times where amongst many, offering forgiveness and being forgiven was exercised. Such a practice seems to be where God’s love for you and through you is no longer diminished. With this understanding, there is also the realization that we owe it to ourselves the practice of seeking better emotional health.
Do not allow pain to:
• rob your ability to seek guidance, having a healthy process to deal with emotional pain.
• take away your possibility and ability to find peace in your own life.
• take away your ability to share peace with others.
James 3: 1-18
© Andy L. Westbrook, PLH Publishing, 2013
1Changes that Heal by Dr. Henry Cloud. Published by Zondervan, 1993
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