It’s become an all-too-common topic of conversation: “I used to go to church, but I had a really bad experience, and I haven’t gone back since.” Painful church experiences, which can range from misunderstandings to intentional abuse, are very real and unfortunately becoming more prevalent.
If you are struggling with emotional pain and heartache resulting from negative experiences in a church, I want to first say how sorry I am for what you are going through and acknowledge the depth of pain this can cause.
I have personally shed many tears over experiences like this in my own life and I have watched many others walk through the same struggles. It breaks my heart, and it breaks God’s heart even more.
The fact that such deep emotional pain and heartache can come from a place that is meant to help facilitate God’s healing and restoration is evidence of the broken world we live in and Satan’s opposition to God’s plan. Unfortunately, this opposition is nothing new, as it was religious leaders after all that beat and crucified Jesus.
So, if you are struggling with pain and heartbreak from the actions of a church leader or fellow church member, it’s helpful to remember that you are not alone. Jesus can identify with your struggle and wants to help you heal.
While you can’t erase the memory of what you went through, you can choose to not let it hold you back. You can receive healing and you can once again experience the blessings of being a part of a healthy church family.
The enemy wants you to stay stuck in your pain and give up on church, but God wants to bring you restoration and healing.
Here are some ways you can put yourself in a position to receive the emotional healing God wants to bring to your life.
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