January 26, 2018 – Trust
Some people find it hard to trust others. When I was young I trusted everyone. I believed everything anyone told me. I was naive, I’ll admit that, but I was never taught anything about life out on my own. My family never had sit down talks about what to expect out in the world. Our only sit-downs was when a punishment was being decided or chores for the week were being handed out.
As things turned out, I married a man before my first summer out of high school was over, only to find out when I was five months pregnant that he had married me under an assumed name, was still married to someone else and had an extensive criminal record with open warrants.
Still, I wanted to trust people, and so I trusted another man, one who said I was the world to him. Over the course of 20 year abusive relationship which I got stuck in, I found out that there was not one word that came out of his mouth that was true. I know this had a lot to do with a growing mistrust of all people.
Even after I became a Christian, I learned early on that there were even Christians that you could not trust. I learned that not all the people I looked up to at church were honest with me, and even found out that some were gossiping about me, even spreading untrue stories, so I held onto my mistrust of people for several years.
Starting around 1996 I started to meet some people who proved to me that they could be trusted. I’ve met many more over the years. As I learned to trust more in Jesus, more trustworthy people showed up in my life. Today I am thankful I learned to trust Jesus and that I have so many people today that I can totally trust.
January 27, 2018 – Paraklesis
Paraklesis is a Latin word. The simple definition is comfort, encouragement and exhortations. Advocatus is another Latin word meaning advocate or helper and in the Latin translations of the bible is has been used with paraklesis when talking about Jesus.
There are many advocates that will pass through our lives. Teachers, preachers, lawyers, doctors are just a few examples of advocates or helpers that we depend on all the time. A teacher helps you to learn, and preacher helps you to understand the word of a God, a lawyer will defend you when you are wrongly accused and work toward a positive end when going up against an adversary that has wronged you and a doctor helps you maintain your health.
There is one parakletos – advocatus that stands out from the rest. He is the one who Jesus sent us to help us after he ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit. He is always with us and around us, helping to protect us and helping to guide us into making the good decisions in our lives and following the teachings of Christ.
Today I am thankful that I have a parakletos/advocatus to help me through this life until Jesus calls me home or comes back to get his children.
John 14:15 -17“If you love me, you will obey my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever. That helper is the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it doesn’t see or know him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be in you.
January 28, 2018 – Pain
There are different types of pain. Some of it is physical, some emotional and some psychological. When we get sick or injured, different parts of our bodies will hurt. Inside and out, we can feel pain. Often it will go away after whatever is afflicting us is healed, and sometimes, when we are struck down by incurable diseases, it lingers unto death.
We suffer emotional and psychological pain when someone speaks cruelly to us, when someones breaks our trust or betrays us, when someone spreads gossip, or when we have lost a loved one. We can also suffer psychological anguish with the loss of a job, a personal and valued item, or a friendship. Some of this pain will never go away unless we give it away, to God.
Pain is often an indicator that something is wrong. It is often the first symptom of an illness, disease or injury. While our researchers and scientists have worked for centuries to find ways to ease pain. Not any one substance can take away the emotional pain a person goes through. Yes, they can prescribe drugs that might take your mind off of it for awhile or dull the pain, but they don’t have an overall cure for that kind of pain.
The only way to get relief from pain without becoming an addict is to give it to Jesus. He is the original, the all time, the best healer. No physician or scientist can ever come close to the miracles he performs and nothing they create can eliminate pain the way he does.
I suffer pain from diseases and while the doctors can dull it, it will never go away, I’ve learned to live with it. I have suffered great emotional and psychological pain caused by others during my life, and for many years I felt it was something I would always be haunted by. But I’ve learned to give my pain to Jesus. Today I am thankful to have him to take away my pain.