Thursday, November 11, 2010

Let the Hurt Out

How do you handle the many different and painful feelings churning within you if you are unintentionally pregnant? Try not to bottle up your feelings. Let your pain flow out with a trusted adult or friend which 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. This is God’s design for beginning to heal your inner pain. As the apostle Paul wrote, “God…comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

When you experience sorrow, people may try to comfort you by cheering you up, urging you to be strong, or trying to explain away the tragic event. These people no doubt care about you and mean well by their words, but they don't know what comfort looks like.

When Lazarus died and Jesus arrived at the home of his sisters, Mary and Martha, He wept with them (John 11:33-35). Why didn’t Jesus simply tell the grieving Mary and Martha, “No need to cry, because in a few minutes Lazarus will be alive again”? Because at that moment they needed someone to identify with their hurt. Jesus met Mary’s and Martha’s need for comfort by sharing in their sorrow and tears. Later He performed the miracle that turned their sorrow to joy by bringing Lazarus back to life.

We receive comfort when we know we are not suffering alone. Paul instructed us, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Rom. 12:15).

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