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Confession is Good

Self-Care “Confession Is Good for the Soul – and the Body” When persons are hit by a devastating event, pastors and counselors encourage talking about the feelings. It is believed this is good for a positive recovery. Careful study of the Book of Psalms reveals that it helps people to talk out their angers, hurts, fears and rage. The Psalms are full of cries to God about feelings of depression, sadness, anger, loneliness and rejection. They are written evidence God expects and recommends giving voice to our anguish.

 For examples, look at Psalms 13, 22, 42, 88 and 109. The difference in The Psalms is that the outrage is aimed at God and then given to God and left with God. Then in most of The Psalms healing happens. Change occurs, and the next thing is that the devastated person is praising God. Research in the 20th century confirms the healing power of opening up about trauma. Those who do not disclose were found to have significantly more health problems than those who talk. Even writing about one’s trauma is beneficial to health. Patients who wrote for fifteen minutes on four consecutive days showed short term benefits and long term decreases in health problems.

Confession is good for the soul.  So is lament, crying out to God, and trusted friends.  Shedding our tears and speaking our anguish can relieve us of unhealthy burdens.,

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