Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
When we are in the midst of a trial or life seems to overwhelm us, it is hard to find peace and joy.
When our heart hurts we tend to focus on the pain not the joy of the Lord. Sounds a little crazy, but if we continually focus on the negative, the pain, that is what we will see and ultimately we become bitter and withdraw. When we choose to focus on the positive, things that have gone well, then that is what we will see and this leads to healing and reconciliation . Think of it like a self fulfilling prophecy, when I focus on the negative I will stay hurt and isolated, when I focus on the positive, I can begin to find hope for joy and peace. None of the latter is possible without the help of the Holy Spirit because my nature wants to stay wounded and broken, but God’s Spirit in me wants joy and peace. Allow God to consume your hurt, pain, and sorrow so that you can begin to find healing.
Father in Heaven, thank you for sending your Spirit to dwell with me and breathe life into my hurting soul. Father there are so many times I just want to curl up into a ball and nvever face the world again, but I know that is not your plan for my life. Remind me Father that I cannot forgive anyone on my own therefore I cannot find peace and joy on my own. I need you to guide me through my pain and my sorrow to find joy and peace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen