Everyone hurts, it is how we react to those hurts that matters.
An old-time preacher once taught that everyone gets hurt, but it is important not to let the hurt, hurt. In other words, as Christians, we are not to let the hurts and trials that enter our life hurt what God is doing.
We should not let the hurt;
- Hurt our walk with God.
- Hurt our relationships with others that are innocent or not related to the cause of our hurts.
- Hurt the work of the ministries in which we are involved.
- Hurt our trust in God and His goodness.
- Hurt our future faith or willingness to be vulnerable and love others.
- Hurt the … (you fill in the blank where you are apt to let the recent hurt, hurt).
How to keep the hurt from hurting.
1. Crucify the carnal (Gal 5:24-26)
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.(Gal 5:24)
It is impossible to hurt a dead man – Lester Roloff
Too many of our “hurts” are simply the flesh and old nature raising its ugly head and complaining we are not getting what we deserve or want. “I” was mistreated, “I” was let down, they did not care about “me”. You get the idea.
2. Cast, do not carry, your care (1Pet 5:7)
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1Pe 5:7)
Cast your hurts onto Jesus. If you cannot kill your hurts, give them to the Lord and leave them with Him.
3. Cultivate contentment (Phil 4:11)
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (Php 4:11-12)
Not getting your “needs” taken care of by others? Be content.
Not receiving the “so deserved” thanks and accolades? Be content.
Not being appreciated or considered? Be content.
4. Conform to Christ (1Pet 2:21-23)
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (1Pe 2:21)
Feel hurt? Consider Him and follow His example in responses, prayer, forgiveness, sacrifice, and looking for the joy in the ahead.
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