[wordy post so skip if not interested]
This are the verses which I feel that I can finally put into practice/have been speaking to me!
"Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ (i.e. to love your neighbour as yourself)." (Gal 6:2)
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9)
"If you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear.
You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.
Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.
You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favour.” (Job 11:14-19)
Suddenly, I feel there are a whole host of promises I am now able to claim, such as those above in Job and the following:
"For the Lord is a sun and shield, the Lord bestows favour and honour; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless" (Psalms 84:11)
Final reminder to self:
"So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. (Gal 5:16-18)
Yup, when the Bible speaks so clearly about such things, there really isn’t much left for me to say, except to put it into practice, and allow no shame or condemnation to hinder us. For that, I’m so so so so grateful to have found a “friend who sticks closer than a [sister]” (a la Proverbs 18:24), whom I finally trust enough to open up and share.
What burdens are you carrying on your own today?
It is truly a GREAT feeling of release when we finally open up to someone, as we can move to our next level with God, and have a deeper, more Christ-like friendship, and I pray to whoever is feeling alone and struggling, to find a friend/leader whom they can trust.