Do Not Let the Hurt, Hurt

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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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Keys to Abounding

Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. (Act 9:31)

3keysThe churches “multiplied”.  They, being blessed of God, were ABOUNDING.  We all want to be abounding in our lives.  We want our church to abound.  We want our homes to abound.  We want our Christian life to abound.

In this verse we find three keys to abounding.  These  apply to a church, a home, and an individual.  Here are these keys.  Find them in the verse above.

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Key 1 = Find Rest

This rest is not an absence of activity but a lack of strife. A life with peace in our hearts. It is this rest that is the environment that fosters and permits abounding

How to find rest? – Be saved (Heb 4:1-6,  Col 1:20-21, Rom 5:1, Eph 2:14-15)

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, …. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled (Col 1:20-21)

How to find rest? – Be spiritual

Be spiritual in your mind

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isa 26:3)

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Rom 8:5-6)

Be Spiritual in your manner

– In our dealings with others

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.(Rom 12:17-18+)

– In our purity

There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked. (Isa 48:22)

Be spiritual with your money

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1Ti 6:9-10)

How find rest? –  Be in the Scriptures

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. (Psa 119:165)

How find rest? – Be in supplication

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Php 4:6-7)

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Key 2 for abounding – Find Edification (to build up)

We are to lay the foundation and build up

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. (1Co 3:11-13)

Building must be priority

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. (1Co 10:23)

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Key 3 for abounding – Find your Walk

Walk in the Fear of the Lord

A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? (Mal 1:6)

Walk in the Comfort of the Holy Ghost

Walk in truth = Spirit of Truth (John 14:6)

Walk in the right way = Led by Spirit (Matt:4, Rom 8:14)

Walk protected and sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:13-14)

Walk bold and with our hearts full of the love of God = spread by the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5)

Are you abounding?


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