Ever vent to a friend? Ever have them complain you vent to much? Not GOD! He doesn’t mind us venting to Him whenever, where ever and however often. He wants us to focus on the good things in our life and Philippians 4:4-9 tells us how – to not feel anxious but instead tell him our troubles and ask for a resolution then believe he will take care of it and LET IT GO. Then think of all the positive things in life!
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
I know, it is much easier said than done. We have all been in a situation where someone wronged us and did not know or perhaps did not care and it really hurt. What do we do with that? Sometimes we bottle it up and just feel upset forever; even the mention of their name makes us relive all those emotions of the painful situation. But God calls us to be people of forgiveness. He charges us to forgive as he has forgiven us. What has God forgiven you of? We have all sinned and have much to be forgiven for; so extend forgiveness as you were forgiven.
Of course letting the feelings go, even after telling yourself you forgive them, can be difficult. I find the best solution is to focus on the good of the situation. What did you learn? How did your relationship with God grow because of the difficult situation? How have you become wiser or stronger? And it also helps to think of the good within the person or people involved. Though it can be tough sometimes to find the good in someone, there is good in everyone’s heart somewhere (I believe) and you just have to find it. Focus on that good.
Most importantly always remember in every situation – both good and bad – to turn to God. God wants to hear our joys and appreciates a simple thank you. He also wants us to share our struggles with him. Hey, he already knows your sins even before you commit them! So why not talk to him about those too!
He is the greatest friend you could ever hope for. Not just because He is a good listener but also because more than any other friend God actually has the POWER to DO SOMETHING about your struggle! Just because he does not instantaneously remove our pain when we tell him about it does not mean he is not present and working in our life. His mighty hand is there and he is working the situation our for ultimate good.
May you feel the blessings of the Lord in your life today!