It's A Journey
"I also tell you this - if two of you agree down here on earth concerning anything you ask for, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together because they are mine, I will be right there among them."
Then Peter came to him and asked, "Sir, how often should I forgive a brother who sins against me? Seven times?"
"No!" Jesus replied, "seventy times seven!" Matthew 18:19-22 (TLB)
A friendly discussion is as stimulating as the sparks that fly when iron strikes iron. Proverbs 27:17 (TLB)
Teresa Todt lives in Illinois. Becoming a member of the physical wellness group at her church has been an eye-opening experience. Sometimes Teresa has felt isolated in her lifelong battle to eat more healthily and moderately. Yet as she listened to others share their stories, it became evident that she was not alone.
One woman shared her daily effort to avoid foods that triggered her acid reflux. Another spoke of her addiction to sugary snacks. Yet another told us about her ongoing battle with bulimia. Each of them wrestled with feelings of shame, guilt, and failure. But as they shared their struggles and searched God's word together, they learned that they could bring their brokenness to Christ and trust him for change. and they vowed to support one another in the process.
Among other things, they learned there is no quick fix in the struggle to change. It is a journey, one we walk daily with Christ. Our individual temptations may vary, but all sin separates us from God and makes us feel alone and ashamed. The gift of the church is that we can gather as a community of sinners and find encouragement, accountability, and a place to feel connected.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give us the courage to share our burdens with others. Give us the freedom and love to help those who are in need, in Jesus' name. Amen.