It is hard to just say “Brain, stop!” but it is not too difficult to say “Brain, think about this instead.”
Pondering God’s forgiveness encouraged Hezekiah to trust in Him. Hezekiah turned to God knowing that He is loving and merciful.
How many of us, when our outreach is rejected, metaphorically wash our hands of the situation?
Without sharing our faults (our struggles) we actually aren’t able to truly pray for each other.
Years ago I began expanding my own concluding benediction remarks. The process has been enjoyable and thought-provoking for me.
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted but not forsaken;
cast down, but not destroyed.”
Tell him what’s happening and then keep your eyes and your heart open, waiting to see how he’ll sustain you.
Pray without ceasing.
Who wants to be corrected by God when He’s angry? Not Jeremiah and not me, either. No way.
Paul was a prisoner in Rome when he wrote to the Colossians. Despite his own challenging circumstances, he thought about the Colossians and prayed for them.