Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
Thoughts for Today
Grief fills the life of a person who feels they have lost a family member to a life-controlling problem. That loss often brings on depression, a state that can be serious. This can be a time of hopelessness and deep emotional pain.
People going through depression need hope. They also need help in understanding their feelings. Sharing painful emotions can help work through this depression stage. The Bible tells us that God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others who are hurting.
If you are going through this kind of struggle, consider talking to a trusted friend. Be honest about your feelings. Allow God to comfort you. Find hope in his love and in his promises.
Let go and let God.
Lord, I've been so frustrated and depressed. I know I've been focusing on the problem and not on you and the hope and comfort you offer. Help me to refocus on you and receive the comfort that only you can give. In Jesus' name
These thoughts adapted from…
Concerned Persons Group: Because We Need Each Other by Dr. Jimmy Lee Ray is designed for the many people who have a current or past relationship with a person who has a life-controlling problem. It emphasizes the need we all have for each other and helps people focus on Christ rather than on the problem. This group is suggested for home groups, support groups, recovery groups or cell groups and can also serve as a powerful evangelistic tool by providing a way to minister to people's felt needs and then pointing them to Christ. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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