Sunday, July 16, 2017

HUMAN BEINGS ARE EMOTIONAL CREATURES BUT SOME SEEM TO HAVE NO EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION. Christians Are Supposed To Have Received The Holy Spirit Which Empowers Them With Love, The Emotion That Brings People Together When Directed Towards Each Other. Surprisingly (or is it?), a person claiming to be a Christian wants to know whether it is possible to survive without emotional support.

Harry Riches

Happy Riches requested by anonymous

There are many types of Christians, because people are individuals, ones who have different understandings of what it means to be a Christian. Some people think that to be a Christian is merely to be a human being. Others believe they are Christians because they were born into a nation that calls itself a Christian nation. Then there are the people born into particular brands of Christians. These are those who have been born into families that claim adherence to one of the specific branches of Christianity. Apart from those who claim to be Christians from birth, for one reason or the other, there are those who recognize they are Christians because they have experienced spiritual rebirth, or have acknowledged Lord Jesus Christ died for their sins.

Do Christians support other Christians emotionally? Emotional support is generally understood as being comforted when a person is suffering in some way. For a person to suffer emotionally, this means some form of loss has taken place and the person is grieving about their loss. This loss does not have to be the death of a person with whom some attachment has formed (parent, child, sibling, relative, friend, acquaintance, etc). A person may lose a job, career prospects, other people’s money, favor with voters, self-esteem, pet, hobby, material item such as a car, truck, boat, airplane, gun, toy, clothes, furniture etc. Then a person may be confronted with an operation for the removal of an organ or an appendage or limb. Mostly, though, emotional support is a matter of having somebody providing reassurance when self-doubt or feelings of inadequacy (insufficiency, incompetence, ineptitude) or anxiety, fear and depression begin to overtake a person.

Jesus said that those who mourn shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4). The Apostle Paul wrote:
  • Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. (2 Cor. 1:3–7)
Instead of the word “comfort”, in the Scripture quoted above, we could use the term “emotional support”. Nevertheless, from what the Bible informs us, if we call out to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, seeking comfort in our sufferings, we shall be comforted. Often this comfort comes in the form of another person comforting us. However, a person needs to be open to receiving the comfort that God provides through another individual, while bearing in mind that sin brings punishment not comfort.

As for a person being able to live without being comforted, eternal punishment is not comfort and neither is it life. All who look to the Lord God, who repent from their dead works and exercise faith towards God, they will be comforted.

Myself, I find the Holy Spirit comforts me and enables me to persevere during the times of discipline; whether during times of punishment for having overstepped the line, or times of discipline when having to wait for the blessings to come as my faith is strengthened within, so as to overcome the Evil One and prove that I am worthy to receive what God is bringing my way.

Emotional Support Is Easier To Find When You Know Who Loves You The Most

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