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May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014

"Tell God About It"

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”  James 5: 16a NIV

We all respond to hidden wounds in different ways.  Some people act out.  Others may get angry all the time.  Yet others self-medicate with drugs or alcohol.  Still others try to escape the pain by moving from relationship to relationship.

The worst thing you can do is try to hide those wounds.  It’s like taking a soda bottle and shaking it up.  At some point, it’s going to pop!

You don’t get over wounds until you face your feelings straight on by talking to God about them.  Bottling them up wears you out and can hurt you a lot.  It can take you down the road to regret and resentment, hoping you’ll get even with the person who hurt you.

That will zap your energy really quickly.  God has an answer for your pain.  It starts with a confession.  If you want to be healed you’ve got to admit you’re in pain.

Everything else is, in one way or another, a fruitless attempt to forget what ails you.  You need to admit your pain to God, yourself and one other trusted person.

Most people will do the first two.  It’s the admitting it to another person that we skip.  Unfortunately, that’s an absolutely essential step.  That’s why James wrote that we need to confess our sins to each other and pray that we might be healed.

You’ll be surprised, revealing is the beginning of healing.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don