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Summary: Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. - Galatians 6:1 So many people have hurts in them. Well if we are honest with ourse ...

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Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. - Galatians 6:1

So many people have hurts in them. Well if we are honest with ourselves we can all at some point carry a hurt in life, an problem, something that we deal with that we feel no one can understand. Here is a story of an experience I had with a hurt pastor: I remember I was in a car and the pastor started to yell at me, it went on for about 5 minutes. I realized he did this to most "new" people to control them and get them under his control. I committed to pray 1 hour before each service in the back for the Lord's grace and healing over this minister. Within 2 weeks many problems came out and he left the city and the ministry. The Church went on and a young new pastor took over. I found out later that this pastor attempted to commit suicide and the rope broke (or that is what I heard). He was a man very much hurting on the inside and needed help himself. An abuser is always been abused either by circumstances of life or other great problems, though it is terrible to be on the receiving end of being hurt, if we can have the eyes of Jesus we can look past their 5 minute yelling as I did and in the end said, "thank you for saying these things can we pray now" and I ended up praying a blessing for the men, he was very shocked.

It was hard but in the end it was the way of Christ to show love and mercy to the other brother. His struggles were far beyond what I could have thought. We all stumble in many ways (James 3:2) and I felt the compassion and meekness of Christ in me towards that man when he was trying to hurt and control me. Satan can put anyone in bondage and sadly those who are hurt become in bondage also and can hurt others. The Apostle Paul reminds us that "our struggle is not against flesh and blood" (Ephesians 6:12). The enemy of our souls is behind many hurts and divisions in the body of Christ. We should not look to individuals and their outside hurts but see the way the enemy has used these to have a stronghold in someone's life. We can set people free through prayer, love and humbly loving those who are hurt or who hurt others. Let us be those who stem the tide and stand in the gap for brothers and sisters as we are in this cosmic spiritual battle for the souls of men.


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