Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 18 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 29
Food for Thought: Prov. 29:11, 20
Yes, there is a time and a place to vent your feelings, but it should be done with great restraint and wisdom, not as the world would have you do. The world leads people to “let it all out,” with no regard whatsoever as to who hears it. Reality shows, social media, and so on, promote it. The world even calls it entertainment. But the Bible says that whoever does such a thing is a fool. The wise do not air out all their feelings. They show self-control and don’t take the easy way out by releasing the valve of their mouth. In other words, they are not led by their flesh.
Somehow people think that they gain some relief if they vent their feelings. Perhaps they may feel better for a while, but it won’t last. What’s more, they do so at the expense of others when they spew out their frustrations. Some people believe that this is what best friends are for: Just recklessly pour out any and all feelings. That is really unfair to the friend who must then carry the load in his/her heart, too.
What’s really at the heart of what is wrong with venting everything is that people replace God and the peace that He paid such a high price for with something quite inferior that never really provides a solution. First Peter 5:7 tells us to cast “all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” If we cast it on Him, then there is nothing more to vent to others. After all, He is the One Who can do something about the issue.
There may, however, also be a time when you consult a brother or sister in Christ for counsel, but never to seek them as the solution, and always careful to provide the information in a restrained, measured way. They need to know the facts of the situation, not all your feelings. Your hope is in the Lord, not in any man. And, of course, there may also be a time when you consider it necessary to discuss some offense with a brother or sister in Christ who has offended you (Mat. 18:15). But that should only be for the purpose of reconciliation, restoration, and correction, never to lash out at the person.
When we do it God’s way, we will not be moved by our emotions that can often deceive us and betray us (Jer. 17:9). He’s our great Counselor and will always lead us and give us wisdom as to how to proceed in every situation, if we just ask and wait on His Spirit. The fools are the ones who rely on their venting instead of on Him.
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