“I have not wronged you, but you are doing me wrong by waging war against me. Let the Lord, the Judge, decide the dispute this day.” JUDGES 11:27 (NIV) Have you noticed? Relationships are complicated! And adversity only complicates them more. Often the pain of strained relationships is more difficult than the physical pain of our suffering. What do you do after you’ve done everything you can to patch things up – and hostility still radiates from the other party? You’ve forgiven, asked forgiveness for your actions, tried to talkSEE DETAILS
Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the ark of the Lord, remaining there till evening. JOSHUA 7:6 (NIV) When Joshua was overcome with grief and despair because of Achan’s sin, he didn’t try to keep a stiff upper lip or to stuff his emotions. Rather, he fell on his face before the Lord and expressed himself openly. Here are a few thoughts on expressing grief, compiled by a panel of grief therapists: Don’t suppress the pain you feel; it will only resurface later. ExperienceSEE DETAILS
Then Joshua said to Achan, “My Son, give glory to the Lord, God of Israel and give Him praise.” Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me.” Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, God of Israel. JOSHUA 7:19-20 Achan’s story tells of an occasion of true guilt, but sometimes I struggle with false guilt, and it isn’t always easy to tell the difference and deal with each accordingly. Nor was it easy to break free from the guilt burden I hadSEE DETAILS
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