Bethel Haven Counseling Student Intern
Have you ever thought about the truth of the Bible? We can often be hurt by the words or actions of others, even by our own internal dialogue. But the truth of God’s word is this: God loves you no matter what. Sometimes, even the words “He died for you” can sound cliche’. We can get so deep into our own struggles that we can’t hear the truth. The truth is Jesus was chosen over an assassin to be crucified. So, we no longer have to live in fear, worry, anxiety, or doubt.
If you’ve been hurt by words the world says about you, remember that internal power within you to fight back. The truth of God’s word is the opposite of what the world tells us or even what we sometimes tell ourselves. Our own internal dialogue can be brutal. During a recent episode of the “The Chosen” (a series about the early followers of Jesus), the people who were following Jesus were having a meal together. During that meal, they were talking about all the struggles and opposition they had faced since they began following Jesus. They accused one of the women at the dinner of just being kind and good around Jesus. Her reply was spot on. She said, “I can’t be kind FOR Jesus, I have to be WITH Jesus to be kind.” Her response is profoundly true for all of us. Without Jesus, any one of us can fall prey to the patterns of this world. Anyone of us at any time can be a mess without Jesus. But, WITH Jesus, all of us have the power to stand against guilt, shame, insecurity, fear, and doubt. When we stop believing the lies of this world, they no longer have any power over us. We have the ability to choose who we listen to. Who are you listening to?
Trusting the truth of God’s love for us is the first step. If you are looking for someone to help you walk through life, talking to a counselor may be an important step in your journey.
A thief has only one thing in mind-he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect-life in its fullness until you overflow. John 10:10 The Passion Translation
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