Galatians 6:2 - Why You Need to Share Your Grief with Others.

Galatians 6:2 (NKJV) Bear one another's 
burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  


   During this coronavirus crisis, your 
emotional health needs to be an important priority, 
   Feelings are neither good nor bad - 
theyre just emotions but they need to be expressed 
appropriately to God and to a trusted friend. The Bible 
says, Carry each other's burdens, and in this 
way you will fulfill the law of Christ 
(Galatians 6:2 NIV). 
   You don't have to share your feelings 
with everybody, but you do need to have one 
person you can confide in. Someone you can go to 
and say, "Hey, can I just tell you how I'm 
really feeling right now?" This is someone who will 
listen, share in your pain and frustration, and then 
help you move forward. 
   Paul gives a great example of sharing 
feelings instead of stuffing them in: My friends, 
I want you to know what a hard time we had in 
Asia. Our sufferings were so horrible and so 
unbearable that death seemed certain (2 Corinthians 
1:8 CEV). 
   If Paul, the greatest Christian who ever 
lived next to Jesus Christ himself, could be 
gut-level honest about what he was going through, then 
we can do it, too. 
   Sharing your problems includes sharing 
your frustrations, fears, and feelings. We are 
living in unprecedented times, and everyone is 
feeling the stress of the pandemic. Weve also all 
experienced losses and missed opportunities due to the 
upheaval in the world. You may have missed a 
graduation, the funeral of a loved one, a wedding, or 
the birth of a grandchild. 
   You need to grieve those losses - and not 
just in private. Grief is a good, healthy thing. 
Its how we transition. Sharing your grief with 
others keeps you from isolation and loneliness and 
will remind you of Gods provision. 
   God created us to need each other! He 
designed us to share our feelings with others. But he 
also wants us to share our feelings with him: 
The LORD is there to rescue all who are 
discouraged and have given up hope. The LORD's people 
may suffer a lot, but he will always bring them 
safely through (Psalm 34:18-19 CEV). 
   Sharing your feelings with others may not 
come naturally to you. But it is the only way to 
be emotionally healthy. Find that person you 
trust to help you process what youre 
experiencing, and then be that friend to someone else. 
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


A Partner for Accountability
   An accountability partner is able to 
perceive what we can't see when blind spots and 
weaknesses block our vision. Such a person serves as a 
tool in God's hand to promote spiritual growth, 
and he or she watches out for our best interest. 
When choosing this type of confidant, look for 
these characteristics: 
   1. Godly. A person who walks in the 
Spirit will offer genuine wisdom based on biblical 
principles rather than personal opinion. 
   2. Trustworthy. No matter what you share 
with this individual, you must be certain that he 
or she will keep everything in the strictest 
   3. Accepting. He or she must allow you to 
be yourself--frailties and all--and not try to 
remake you into someone "perfect." 
   4. Courageous. A good accountability 
partner will lovingly confront you with the truth, 
even when it hurts (Eph. 4:15). 
   5. Forgiving. When you make mistakes, 
trust is built through mutual forgiveness. 
   6. Edifying. Don't choose someone with an 
overly critical attitude that will make you feel 
worthless. Love edifies and builds up (Eph. 4:29). It 
never destroys. 
   7. Encouraging. You don't want someone 
with a checklist, who judges or acts like a 
prophet. Instead, choose someone who takes great joy 
in encouraging you. 
   We all can benefit from someone who is 
able to say what we need to hear without making 
us feel threatened. Answerability provides 
checks and balances that promote spiritual growth 
and protect us from pitfalls. If you don't 
already have an accountability partner, pray for 
that person today. [In Touch Daily Devotional by 
Charles Stanley at www.intouch.org] 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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