Putting Past Pain into Perspective

0 comments Posted on August 7, 2012

“Why did I have to hurt like this?”

It’s a question Sharon has often asked, while trying to make sense of the physical abuse, incest and other horrific events that accompanied her childhood.

Feeling for years that God hated her, she buried her pain deep inside and blamed a god she believed was just like her angry, abusive, manipulative father.

Until the day she had to reshape her understanding of Who God is.

In my newest book, When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts,  I offer “10 Steps to Healing and Wholeness.” This week’s is: Reshape your understanding of God  because He is unlike anything you’ve encountered before.

You can reshape your understanding of God by getting into His Word and discovering, as Sharon did, that:

  • He  isn’t a god who considers us “bad” but One who said in His Word: “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).
  • He isn’t a god who points his finger at us and waits to punish us. He is, instead, the God who said in His Word, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you …thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • He isn’t a god who desires that we be punished. He is the God who is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9).
  • He isn’t a god who will withdraw his love from us if we do something he doesn’t like. He is the God who says nothing can ever separate us from His love. (Romans 8:38).

Get into God’s Word and find out who He really is. You may find that it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to your healing and wholeness.

Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and author of several books, including When a Woman  Overcomes Life’s Hurts.

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