Finding Freedom from Your Pain

The Best Place to Work Through Your Pain is Loving Community

God is our great Redeemer and brings us healing through His Spirit and by way of His church. In this post, Mike Foster encourages hurting people to get into authentic, intimate community. Mike is the Chief Chance Officer at People of the Second Chance, an organization built to help people work through setbacks and hurts to find redemption in the grace of Jesus Christ.

When you don't transform your pain, it is typically only transferred to another target. Take your hurts to your relationship with the Lord and to others in your community.

How does your faith community respond when people share their hurts or reveal their pain? Is it a safe place to be vulnerable, and how are people encouraged that do open up?
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What is the your own biggest obstacle to community intimacy? How can you work to overcome this issue?
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You are going to be okay, and you are loved more than you can imagine. Once you are surrounded by godly, encouraging community, it's time to go to work dealing with that pain. In this next video, Mike gives People of the Second Chance's six steps to finding freedom over the spiritual hurts and wounds that linger in our souls.

The six steps to finding freedom from hurt are...
  1. Awareness
  2. Discovery
  3. Ownership
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Acceptance
  6. Freedom
Use these questions below to work through a pain or hurt for which you have not yet found healing.

Awareness and Discovery: Begin with prayer. Listen to God, and ask Him to show you what you need to deal with or change and record that here.
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Ownership: How will you take responsibility for this hurt? What causes of this pain are you able to confess or own?
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Forgiveness: Who do you need to forgive? Forgive him or her in your heart first, working out your attitude with the Lord? Are you then in a good place to have that difficult conversation of forgiveness with this person?
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Acceptance: When have you formed your identity through insults, injuries or failures? How have you learned to let these things go, replacing them with your identity in Christ?
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Freedom: On the other side of healing and freedom, how will you use this experience of hurt to help others?
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The things you thought were a loss are actually a gift to the world. God is able to take rescued and redeemed people and use us as He rescues even more.