People & Pain

When people are hurting and do not allow God to help them get through whatever they are struggling or stressing, they inadvertently poison the wells of every environment they enter. I have dealt with enough angry people in ministry (not to mention with my own anger issues!) to know the contentious vibe they bring to an environment. Jesus spoke of how we are not polluted by the things outside of us but rather within our own hearts (Mark 7:18-23).

A heart raging with anger lashes out at others, causing confusion, creating strife where there was none, and alienating themselves from the very community in which, by the power of the Holy Spirit, they could find healing and restoration.

Even in cyberspace when folks are chatting, posting on message boards or blogging, their bitterness, that toxic root, cannot be hidden.

Some of you are hurt over the loss of a loved one or maybe even a broken marriage. Some of you are angry church leaders who shepherd people who act like swine casting the pearls of the Good News at your feet. Have we allowed Christ to deal with our pain or are we angry at Him, tallking around Him rather than taking “everything” to Him in prayer?

Are you preaching at people because you have not dealt with bitterness? Have you been scarred by a traumatic event and mired in unforgiveness? Or are the trials of life crushing the joy out of your walk with Jesus?

I leave you with the lyrics of one of my favorite hymns:

What A Friend We Have In Jesus (Joseph Scriven)

1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

2. Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

3. Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield thee;
thou wilt find a solace there.


One thought on “People & Pain

  1. Oh the sad and cant take back choices that were made in the state of a bitter/disappointed heart. And then to find myself looking back at the line that I thought I’d never cross, (wondering how I got there) and hear a voice say, ” you can never go so far that you cant come back”.

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