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Living in God's Power-Overcoming Sorrow (with podcast episode #23)

In Sharon's Heart Weekly Podcast. Follow along with blog post below.

Have you ever felt deep sadness or sorrow and you needed God's help? I know I have. Romans 12:15 says, "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." If we're going to be there when people rejoice, we have to be there to comfort them when they mourn, because it helps. 

We have finally made to the last session or chapter, session 6, of Bill Hybels' book, Living in God's Power, Finding God's Strength in Life's Challenges. It was a book we used for my church's life group and I wanted to take a minute to read it again to share it with you. It really spoke to me and I hope it spoke to you too. This week's topic is on how to overcome sorrow. But before I begin, let's review the last episode, which was on overcoming lust. Hybels says, lust is taking the image God made of someone and reducing the person down to an image or thought God doesn't approve of. He goes on to say that a person caught up in lust doesn't appreciate or care about the other person's thoughts, feelings, spiritual condition, worries, anxieties, or aspirations. That's something that can help any of us who is struggling or has struggled in that area.

In this week's episode, Hybels delves into the issue of sorrow. He starts the chapter with a story about a boy who has sorrow in his life, but has challenges dealing with it. It has been brushed under the rug by his parents and he grows up to bury it. I don't know about you, but there was one time in my life when I buried my sorrow too and I don't want anybody else to go through that. I had been hurt and betrayed by people I thought were very close to me and for years I protected myself from any future hurt or pain by not trusting people until they gave me a reason to trust them and I was still a little guarded. Let me tell you, that's not healthy. Now, it's the opposite, I trust people (within reason) unless there's a reason not to. And that has worked my better in my life and I would like to say, in the lives of the wonderful relationships I have today. So, if you're struggling in that or any area, know that with the Lord in your life, there is hope for brighter days. I couldn't do any of it without God. He was there to help me get through it all. And He will be there for you too. Call out to Him anytime.

The following are examples Hybels illustrates (pg 58 and 60, respectively) about the right and wrong ways to deal with sorrow.

The bottom line is that there are ways to deal with sorrow and to overcome it. And none of us should go through sorrow alone. Matthew 5:4 says, "blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. I hope and pray these words have been a comfort to all who need it. Be encouraged everybody.
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