"Remember that some men's sins are obvious, and are equally obvious bringing them into judgment. The sins of other men are not apparent, but are dogging them nevertheless under the surface. Similarly some virtues are plain to see, while others, though not at all conspicuous, will eventually become known." 1 Timothy 5:24-25 Phillips
Thoughts for Today
People with life-controlling problems often look great in public, but inside they struggle with issues they can't handle alone. Even in our churches, many people are struggling with hurts and problems hidden behind Sunday smiles.
These struggles can be described as addictions, dependencies, controlling behaviors, or even just the normal challenges of life that sometimes overwhelm us. We can become so preoccupied and weakened that we are unable to grow spiritually and serve God, perhaps even unable to cope with day-to-day living.
We resist admitting our struggles because we fear what others think, and so we hide our problem from others and sometimes even from ourselves.
If you are dealing with a life-controlling problem, please understand that you are not unique in your situation. Because we all struggle, everyone has the potential for developing a life-controlling problem. When you have this kind of a problem, it's not a time to hide—it's a time to be honest with God, with yourself and with others. It's a time to ask for help.
God loves you unconditionally. No matter what you've done. No matter what your problem. He wants to help. Talk to him today and open your heart to his love, his forgiveness and his help.
Father, I haven't wanted to admit that I have this problem—even to you. But I don't want to continue like this. Help me to be honest with you and with others—and with myself. Please forgive me. I need your help. In Jesus' name …
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