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What else will help to heal my pain?

Mark 14:34-36He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.” . . . “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Psalm 130:1From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help.

Acknowledge your pain honestly to God in prayer. This is how you begin the process of healing.

2 Samuel 18:33The king was overcome with emotion. He went up to the room over the gateway and burst into tears. And as he went, he cried, “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you! O Absalom, my son, my son.”

Ecclesiastes 3:4A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.

Acts 20:37They all cried as they embraced and kissed him good-bye.

Mark 16:10She went to the disciples, who were grieving and weeping.

Express your pain and don’t try to keep it in. Expression is healing and brings relief.

John 9:2-3“Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.”

Psalm 139:23-24Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

2 Samuel 13:12“No, my brother!” she cried. “Don’t be foolish! Don’t do this to me! Such wicked things aren’t done in Israel.”

Determine the source of your pain. It may be a consequence of your own sin, or it may be someone else who has hurt you. As you seek God in prayer and talk with others (family, close friends, trained counselors), the source of your pain will become clear. Only then can you develop the right plan for dealing with it.

Psalm 19:8The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the lord are clear, giving insight for living.

Immerse yourself in God’s Word and find encouragement, revival, comfort, joy, and insight.

Romans 8:23-25For we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

Don’t give up hope or give in to the kind of thinking that convinces you God doesn’t care. If you believe God doesn’t care, you push away the One who can help you the most.

1 Peter 4:1-2So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.

Develop a godly perspective toward pain. This helps you focus less on the pain itself (which can cause bitterness and discouragement) and more on how this pain can help you develop stronger character and greater sensitivity to others who may be hurting.

Colossians 3:16Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.

Psalm 37:30The godly offer good counsel; they teach right from wrong.

1 Corinthians 12:8To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice. . . .

Proverbs 12:15Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.

Seek help from godly counselors. Sometimes it is enough to get advice from trusted friends and family members. At other times it is necessary to talk with a trained counselor who can help you pinpoint your pain and provide effective ways, in accordance with God’s Word, to deal with it.

Revelation 21:1-4Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. . . . I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

Recognize that pain will not go on forever. In heaven, there will be no more pain.

Psalm 32:1Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven.

Colossians 3:13Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Matthew 18:21-22Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!”

Forgiving those who have sinned against you does wonders in removing the pain of hurt, anger, and bitterness in your heart.

1 Peter 3:9Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.

Luke 6:28“Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.”

Bless those who cause you pain. Retaliation and revenge only compound your pain.

1 Thessalonians 3:7-8So we have been greatly encouraged in the midst of our troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord.

Be encouraged by watching others work through pain while remaining strong in their faith.

2 Corinthians 2:5I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me.

Philippians 2:4“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

Realize others may be hurting too. Be sensitive to them and their pain, taking the focus off yourself.