By Nancy Virden (c)2022
The truth will set you free is one of the most frequently misused quotes of Jesus. His qualification of truth is his teaching; the prerequisite for knowing the truth is being his disciple.
Life is full of struggles and by default no freedom from them is permanent. So often we can insist people get over their pain and suffering quickly. Perhaps this is most noticeable in reactions to troubles involving the mind.
Mental health challenges are often spiritualized beyond reason. People can insist that truth will set a person free. “Read the Bible more, pray more, praise more” are common platitudes in such instances. Jesus drew a distinction when he said, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” By unequivocally confusing mental health with spiritual health, we create a sense of condemnation which leads to more discouragement for the one in pain. This stigma may also hold someone back from seeking treatments that help.
Jesus, who promised to be with us always, stands with his us in the middle of mental health crises. That he is our Savior and Lord does not necessarily diminish from view when anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or any other mental health condition causes temporary confusion for a believer. The Holy Spirit continues to draw us with words of comfort and reason, sometimes using professionals as his voice. With whatever strength we have, we turn to God in our distress and lay our trust for guidance and hope at his feet. His truth does set us free one day at a time.
Jesus, you teach me to not fear because your perfect love wipes out fear of punishment. I come to you in pain and trust you to meet me where I am today. Your truth motivates me to honor you. Please free me from this anguish. Amen
Today’s Helpful Word
To [those] who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. In the EU call 112. (For other international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!
Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair. NOTE: Nancy is not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speaks only from personal experience and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
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