5 Tips For Dealing With Emotional Pain

August 30, 2012 — Leave a comment

emotional-painIf  you’re alive, you will face emotional pain from time to time. There will be times that sadness will overtake you and it will seem like you have no control over its weight upon you at all. It could be that you have been hurt really bad by a close  friend, or you have suffered a family member dying recently.

Whatever has your emotions out of control…the pain is real and it hurts. You may be at the point where you are full of grief over it, and you simple wish there was an instant cure but sadly, you know that’s not how it works. Emotional pain, just like physical pain, subsides over time. You must hold on to that truth and trust it.

Below are some things you can think on while your pain is being healed.

1. Understand That Pain Has a Purpose

  • Like I said, if you’re alive you will have emotional pain. In other words, it’s a normal part of life. God can use pain in your life because He will never waste anything.
God never allows pain without a purpose in the lives of His children. He never allows Satan, nor circumstances, nor any ill-intending person to afflict us unless He uses that affliction for our good. God never wastes pain. He always causes it to work together for our ultimate good, the good of conforming us more to the likeness of His Son (see Romans 8:28-29).  ~ Jerry Bridges
2. Embrace The Pain.
  • Again, there is no instant cure. You must allow the feelings to be felt. Don’t cover them up. Don’t deny them. Feel them.
I am certain that I never did grow in grace one-half so much anywhere as I have upon the bed of pain.  ~ Charles Spurgeon
3. Strength Can Come From Pain
  • You would be amazed at how walking through your pain instead of trying to escape it instantly can actually cause you to become stronger in faith.
I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.  ~ Elizabeth Elliot
4. Pain Allows You To Experience The Grace Of God
Paul said: “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

5. Read These Two Books Of The Bible

  • Both Ecclesiastes and Job. Both of these books deal with the complete range of human emotion, particularly the harder “negative” emotions no one likes to dialog about.

SPECIAL NOTE: if you are have thoughts of suicide because of ever increasing emotional pain please seek professional help from a licensed councilor for help. You are valuable and the world needs you with us.

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Steve Wright

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Lead Pastor of Legacy Church and Author of The Descent to Compassion

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