'Two people are better than one...If one falls down, the other can help him up.' Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NCV
It can be hard to talk about our fears, loneliness, guilt, or need to be loved. Maybe we struggle to trust others, or we don't think our problems are important enough, or we're ashamed of what we're struggling with and want to avoid the judgment of others.
God created us to feel and express our emotions in community with others. The Bible says: 'Two people are better than one...If one falls down, the other can help him up' (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NCV). The Bible says we should be carrying each other's burdens (see Galatians 6:2), but we need to be willing to be vulnerable and share those burdens. It's right to be cautious about who we share with. When we do trust someone, it can be healing for us to take off the masks we're wearing and tell them how we're really feeling. By sharing with others, we gain support, whether practically or physically. It also helps build our relationships and encourages people to open up to us too.
David wasn't afraid to share his emotions. He said to God, 'I will cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed' (Psalm 61:2 NKJV). If we're struggling to open up to others, we can start by opening up to God. He's always prepared to listen and help us deal with things. And, whatever we tell him doesn't affect how much he loves us.
So what now? Next time someone you trust asks you how you are, be vulnerable with them and ask them to pray for you.
Soulfood: Job 24-28, Matt 25:31-46, Ps 38:13-22, Pro 8:24-26