Monday, January 18, 2010

Struggling To Get Along With Others

How are you dealing with your struggle to get along with others and the negative effects of this conflict in your life? Try going to a trusted Christian friend or mentor. You may experience a wide range of feelings about your conflicts. You may feel sad, depressed, hopeless, abandoned, frightened, and even angry. You may cry about what is happening. You may feel emotionally drained. Or you may get angry at the situation, at your parents or friends or even at God for allowing it to happen.

It is important to understand that all these feelings are normal and natural. It is the way God wired you. Your emotions are a built-in release valve to help you handle the inner pain. Of course, there are both productive and unproductive ways of expressing these emotions.

The first healthy step in dealing with this situation is pouring out your story to a trusted friend or mentor. This response reflects Jesus' words in Matthew 5:4: "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Mourning is the process of getting the hurt out. You share how you feel so others can hurt with you. This is God's design for blessing you and for beginning to heal the pain that accompanies a difficult struggle in your relationships. It is good and necessary that you experience the different emotions that come at this time.

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