Don’t Hold It In

Keeping problems and difficulties to yourself is a dangerous way to live. You and I cannot bottle up within us the problems, adversities, and sorrows that have affected us. To use the old phrase, we need to, “get some things off our chest.”

Shakespeare gave the following advice, “Canst thou minister to a mind diseased, pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, raze out the written troubles of the brain, and by some sweet oblivious antidote cleanse the bosom of the perilous stuff that lies upon the heart.”

An inner emotional release is a necessity for every human being. The heart must be relieved. It’s dangerous to hold things in over a long period, what we hold intends to poison us. It can have not only emotional consequences but physical ones as well. The Bible says in 1Peter 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” By following such wisdom, we empty out of our emotions the ideas, thoughts, troubles, and problems that have been disturbing and destroying our lives. But, we must replace those destructive thoughts with the antidote, which is good, healthy, life-giving thoughts that come from God. Fully occupy your mind with God’s healing thoughts. As the book of Philippians 4:6 tells us to think on things that are true, things that are noble, things that are just, things that are pure and lovely, things that are a good report, filled with life and praise, think on these things.”

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