Our Right to Feel Pain
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Today’s guest blogger allowed me to share something she wrote, but wishes to remain anonymous.
God has never denied us the right to feel pain when we hurt. He does not demand that we push our feelings under the carpet and not feel them. Even Jesus cried out in His extreme pain and agonized over what he was going through. Jesus suffered emotional (soul) pain even as the Son of God.
It is not un-spiritual to feel pain or acknowledge that it exists in our world. How could God collect our tears in a bottle if we are not to shed any tears ? We do not need to repress our emotions and pretend that they do not exist. That is the cause of many illnesses—to deny our pain, our stress and our emotions and push them deeper—denying their existence.
During His life on earth Jesus healed those who came to Him but remember they first had to admit their need for healing. We will not receive healing for something we will not admit or ask for help with. We can live in denial of our problems but that does not make them go away. That is self deception.
God did not want only the outside of the cup cleansed and looking pretty.He doesn’t just want our “Sunday clothes” on. He wants something deeper. He wants the inside cleansed and purified. This will only happen as we open up to Him and allow Him entrance into those places that we may not even want to look at in ourselves. This can be a painful process. Some of us have years of stuff that we pushed under the carpet even from our childhood. We have wounds that are unseen even to ourselves. We have hurts that are so deep and hidden and we can not reach them.
It is okay to cry out to God to heal and cleanse you in the inmost parts. He wants TRUTH on our inward parts. We can live deceptively without this inward purging. God wants to save us to the uttermost. That includes wholeness in every area. We do not need to be ashamed of our need of Him or our tears. He will walk us through every process.
He loves us so much right where we are. We do not have to perform to get Him to love us more. He already loves us and has done everything for us to bring us to
Himself. He wants to heal every place we hurt. Sometimes healing can result from gaining understanding into the effects of abuse on a life. It is not unspiritual to seek to understand things. We gain compassion as we seek to understand another as well.