We are about to enter into a New Year and 2017 is almost here. We have an opportunity to use the change in the calendar year to reset our life, direction, and focus. God has not changed His plan for our lives. Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
There are some bad things that may have happened to us in 2016 or before that we should leave behind us in 2017. Jesus said we would be exposed to and experience offenses. Luke 17:1 says, “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!” He said a similar thing about offences in Matthew 18:7 which says, “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” Offenses are anything that outrages the senses and things that ignite the emotions (2 Corinthians 11:29). When we take offense it can become a stumbling block in our walk with God. They are often deliberately used by satan to stop us in our destiny. They waste time and stop us from being productive and useful.They can even sever divinely joined relationships. They can lead to emotional pain we need not carry.
Pain doesn’t have to be viewed as an enemy but it can let us know we have one who is always seeking whom he may devour. We shouldn’t ignore emotional pain but rather pay attention to our pain and learn to process our pain Biblically. There are also futile remedies for hurt/pain that do not work that we are told to do something Biblically about:
1. IGNORING IT.
Matthew 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone (not ignore it): if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
2. RUNNING FROM IT
Psalm 55:6-8 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. 7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. 8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest… (Run to God and pour out your heart before Him).
3. TELLING IT
Leviticus 19:16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the Lord. (Involving others who have hurt us and others)
4. RESENTING IT (Refeeling it over and over only adds pain).
Leviticus 19:17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. 18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.
5. WORRYING ABOUT IT
Psalm 37:7-8 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil… (God is just and will maintain our right and our cause Psalm 9:1-4).
5. COVERING IT
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed (emotional honesty is healthy). The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Jesus paid the price for our emotional pain as well as for our sins on the Cross (Isaiah 53:4, 5) and that means there is grace available to help us in our time of need (Heb. 4:16). Grace helps us do what we couldn’t do on our own. By the grace of God we can get rid of the pain and come to the place that we forgive those who hurt us if that is the case. Jesus also said He would give us power over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt us Luke 10:19. He has given us power so that nothing inspired from the enemy’s ability can ultimately harm us. If the power of God can raise a body from the dead the same power can heal damaged emotions from the things people can do to offend and hurt us.