Re:Verse passage – Philippians 4:1-9 (day three)

“Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.”

There are parts of you that never forget the emotional wounds you’ve sustained. They fight to protect you from further pain. Those parts – the skeptic, the critic, the self-medicator, or the one who just wants to disappear – they all work to protect you, but they end up causing more harm than good. Paul knew this reality in his own life (see Romans 7). Rather than berating these troublesome parts, or trying to destroy them, he simply says, “The real you that God made isn’t reactive, but courageous, calm, confident. The more you open your eyes to the Lord’s availability – his nearness to you – the more he will teach you who he’s made you to be: one who can bring healing to your inner wounds and comfort to those around you.”

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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