Help For Hurting People

February 17, 2016

                                     Help For Hurting People

An enormous amount of money is being spent to give relief to those who are suffering from physical and mental health problems.  This article is directed toward those who are suffering because of emotional problems.  They are everywhere and often it seems as though there isn’t anywhere for them to turn. If you aren’t hurting, perhaps you need to help someone who is. An article could be written to warn people of the dangers of illicit behavior, but this one is to offer help to those who are its victims.  They need to know where they can find help.

Some hurting is because of natural causes, but more and more are suffering because our culture has taken us into a pleasure mad society.  Countless numbers have accepted the advice that says “If it feels good, do it.” The fact that something feels good doesn’t make it right.  Many are lacking in discernment.  They can’t see where their escapade in pleasure will take them.  How else can we account for the fact that multitudes are addicted?

The July, 2014 edition of the Whistle Blower Magazine reported that 70 million Americans are taking addictive drugs.  In addition 60 million more have alcohol problems.  That leaves multitudes of hurting people.

Countless others are hurting because of a divorce or a marriage that isn’t functioning as it should.  Many parents are hurting because their children   live an immoral life style.  Sexual promiscuity leaves many ashamed and afflicted with venereal diseases.  Illicit behavior causes stress which leaves many broken in health.

That which has brought our society into this vail of tears is the abandonment of biblical standards.  Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”  Some reject the Bible because they say that it has too many restrictions.  Yes, it does have restrictions, but they are for our good.   They deliver us from the suffering that many are experiencing.

If you are hurting there is relief for you. God stands ready to help hurting people.  II Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;   who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”  Also Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

God helps those who are his.  Therefore if you want God’s help, you will need to become a child of God.  Jesus’ sacrifice, when he died on the cross, made it possible for God to forgive your sins and make you a child of his.

Genuine Christians seldom suffer the direct result of an immoral life style.  They still suffer, however, from anxieties and disappointments.  When they do, they have access to a source of relief.  It is found in I Peter 5:7. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” They cast their cares on God, knowing that he doesn’t do anything without purpose or plan.  Job 23:10 says, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” We aren’t told when that “coming forth as gold” will be.  It might be in our life here on earth.  It might be in heaven.  God always keeps his promises.

In part, God’s help to hurting people comes from caring people.  You will most readily find them in a good Bible believing church.  They stand ready to help you. God has prepared and commissioned them to help hurting people.  Don’t be ashamed to let them know that you need help.

Those under the clutches of an addiction may need help they can’t find in a local church.  There are a number of Christian organizations that have professionals who can help the addicted.  One that comes highly recommended is: reformersrecovery.com. On their web site you will find where one of their recovery centers is located.  There may be one close to you.

Why go on hurting when help is available? Seek out a church where the Bible is believed and obeyed.  Even if you have to drive some distance to find one, it will be worth it.

Lord willing, additional articles will appear on this theme. One will warn of the dangers of an illicit life style and another will be an appeal for people to make themselves available as care givers.

If you have questions or comments you can send them to us at the following address: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

 

 

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