On Sunday, October 28, 2012 Rev. Louis R. Blakey, Jr., pastor of New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia used Psalm 23:5 to teach congregation how to handle hurts. (Read Psalm 23:5 in photo on left).
Pastor Blakey began by saying:
“Psalm 23 is a psalm of David often read at funerals to bring comfort to grieving families. However, Psalm 23 can be read at any time to bring comfort to hurting people. There is so much pain and a lot of hurting people in the world.”
Pastor Blakey shared five wrong ways people handle their hurts before giving three right ways to handle hurts.
Wrong Ways to Handle Hurt
- We ignore our hurts. We hope our hurts will just go away if we ignore them. We might say, “I’ll deal with it later.” Sometimes ignoring a hurt makes it worse.
- We run from our hurts. When we run from our hurts, we carry the hurt with us. We might appear calm on the outside but hurting on the inside no matter where we go. People run from their hurts to alcohol, drugs, sex, overeating, shopping, etc. Running from our hurts doesn’t work.
- We hide. We wear a mask to hide our hurts. They could give out Academy Awards to people in the church who wear masks trying to hide their hurt. We don’t want other to know about our hurts. Hiding our hurts won’t heal our hurts.
- We worry over our hurts. Sometimes we huddle over our hurts like a mother hen huddles over her chicks. Worrying never solves anything.The more you worry about something, the worse it gets. In fact, the thing you worry about is the thing you worship.
- We become bitter about our hurts. This is the worst way to deal with our hurts. Being bitter never makes anybody better. Some people have handled their hurts their way for so long that they have become angry which has led to bitterness. Anger and bitterness will never heal hurts.
Right Ways to Handle Hurt
- Let Jesus protect you. The psalmist saw himself as a sheep being protected by the shepherd. We can do the same. As the song says, “Have a little talk with Jesus.”
- Let Jesus heal you. The shepherd put oil on the heads of the sheep to soothe and to heal them. Flies would get into the wool of the sheep and bite them The sheep would bleed which attracted more flies. This was a tremendous hurt for the sheep. A little thing like a biting fly can hurt us also. We need Jesus to put oil on our heads to heal us.
- Let Jesus bless you with hope. Jesus can give total satisfaction and mega-blessings. Position yourself in the presence of God so He can make your cup run over with blessings. Let Jesus bless you and fill you to overflowing.
Let Jesus handle your hurts. After all, He took on all of them at the cross.
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