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
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
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
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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