Help For Hurting People

July 4, 2014

Help For Hurting People

            In spite of the material abundance we enjoy, there is an ever increasing number of hurting people.  There is a tremendous need for people willing to help hurting people.  Helpers need to have compassion.  They need to be willing to sacrifice of their time to help those in need.  They need to be willing to learn how to help them.  This article has two missions.  It is an appeal for helpers, but most of all, it is addressed to hurting people.  At the close of the article we will say something more about the need for helpers.

If you are hurting, you need to be willing to recognize that you have a need.  Then you need to be willing to seek help and accept the solution that is offered.  If you are hurting financially or physically, there are those equipped to help you with that.  This article is directed towards those with moral and spiritual problems.

Sometimes, more than anything else, hurting people need consolation.  It may be because of the loss of a loved one.  Sometimes people suffer because of tragedies.  In that case, they may need help in replacing what they have lost.  Many people are hurting because of marital problems or because their children are living an immoral life style.  It may or may not be because of their negligence.  Some need comfort because they have gone through the awful trauma of a divorce.  We need to be ready and willing to comfort them as it says in II Corinthians 1:3-4.  “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.”  They can have lasting comfort if we introduce them to the God of all comfort.

Many are suffering because of problems that were self-inflicted.   Unfortunately, they aren’t always willing to accept the blame for their problems.  They shift the blame on poverty or society.  Modern day suffering people are being given reason for shifting the blame for their suffering by the lie being circulated by pseudo-scientists.  They are saying that addictions have nothing to do with morals, weak character, or sin.  They say it is a chronic disease like cardiovascular heart disease.  They say they are just unfortunate victims.  That philosophy sells drugs, but it certainly doesn’t help people get free from their addictions.  If they believe that lie, they aren’t going to seek help, much less accept it.

Americans, in ever increasing numbers, are struggling with addictions.  Being addicted is never beneficial.  In essence, it is to become enslaved to something.  The July 2014 issue of the Whistle Blower magazine (p. 5) sites some alarming statistics.  It says that 70 million Americans are currently taking powerful mind altering drugs, some prescribed by doctors and others illegal.  Another 60 million have an alcohol problem.  That adds up to 130 million.  That doesn’t include all those addicted to electronic games and pornography.  Those are also hurting people.

Why do people fall into addictions?  If we knew the answer to that question, perhaps we could help some before they fall into the slavery of addiction. Many start taking drugs because they are already hurting and are seeking relief.  Drugs give them temporary relief, but in the end they remain dependent on them.  It appears as though many teen-agers, as well as adults, fall into addictions because they are ignorant of what the end result will be.  Someone offers them a fix of heroin or a shot of whisky saying, “Try it.  It’ll make you feel good.” He tries it and it does make him feel good.  It isn’t that he wasn’t feeling good before, but it gives him a brief sensation of ecstasy that he has never experienced before.  He wants to try it again, and he does.  He isn’t given any warning about what the end result will be.  Being forewarned is to be forearmed.

People don’t seek help unless they are hurting.  If we could help people see the dangers ahead, they could avoid them.  Many are too proud or stubborn to seek help or take heed to warnings.  Pride keeps many people from seeking help.  They will wallow in shame, pain, and defeat rather than humble themselves and admit that they need help. Proverbs 1:25, 30 says, “But ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.” Most often we have to humble ourselves to admit we need help.  We like to think we can solve our own problems.

When you are wrestling with a moral or spiritual problem, where can you turn for help? Turning to God should be your first recourse.      Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  You also need to be in a good church where you will get counsel and support.  Your pastor can give you counsel and suggest ways of getting victory.  If you know family members or friends who are mature faithful Christians they can give you good counsel.

There are times when self-help isn’t sufficient.  That is when you need to seek the help of others.  Who should you turn to?  In most cases, the first ones you should turn to are those who know and love you.  They will give you encouragement and moral support. If you are struggling with a spiritual problem and your loved ones aren’t saved, they probably couldn’t help you.

If you, or your loved ones, don’t have financial resources to seek professional help, don’t let that hinder you.  Often there are those who can give you better help than professionals, and it won’t cost you anything.  If you aren’t in a good Bible believing church, you need to be, even if you have to drive several miles to find one.  They can help you understand what you need to do to become a child of God.   Be careful of churches that offer a quick prayer for you for your deliverance and say, “Now you are on your own.  Trust God for the victory.” Yes, you need to trust God for the victory, but it may not come over night.  You may need someone at your side to pray with you again and again and give you moral support and counsel.

Often the only effective deliverance from the chains of drug addiction is by means of a drug addiction center. There are some operated by Christian groups that have had a phenomenal success.  They  seek to guide the patient into the right relationship with God.  They are in-patient centers that involve several months of treatment and training.  The most crucial period is the withdrawal process.  After that comes the discipleship training that teaches the patient to have goals in life and develop self-discipline to resist temptations.  These centers ask for financial remuneration.  Often the victim can solicit help from family members, or his or her local church.

A call for volunteers

There is a great need for retired Christians who have a compassion for the needy.  People need someone who cares and is willing to spend time with them to give them counsel and encouragement.  Pastors are often willing to do it, but they don’t always have time for it.  Talk to your pastor and let him know that you are available.  You may think you haven’t had enough training.  There are training programs available. However, if you have lived a successful life and have had victory over temptation, you are well on your way to meeting the qualifications for being a helper to hurting people.

If you are a hurting person, let me assure you that God cares for you and can help you.  God helps those who are his.  If you aren’t a child of God, you can be by humbly coming to God as a repentant sinner and by faith receiving Christ as your Savior.  Then you will have the        privilege of casting your cares on him.  I Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” The way out of the heart ache and anxiety you are in may be long, but God has promised to help you get the victory.  II Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”

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