Come to Me when you are hurting, and I will share your pain. Come to Me when you are joyful, and I will share your Joy ~ multiplying it many times over.
I’m grateful that no matter what condition I’m in, I can come to You—just as I am. I don’t have to clean up my act first, since You already know the worst about me. When I’m hurting, I want to be with someone who understands me without condemning me. When I’m happy, I delight in being with someone who loves me enough to celebrate with me. Help me bring more and more of myself to You.
Beloved, this is a good request: better than you realize. Most people are selective about which parts of themselves they bring to Me. Some hesitate to bring traits they consider shameful. Others are so used to living with painful feelings ~ loneliness, fear, guilt ~ that it never occurs to them to ask for help in dealing with these things. Still, others get so preoccupied with their struggles that they forget I’m even here.
There are hurting parts of you that I desire to heal. However, some of them have been with you so long that you consider them part of your identity. You carry them with you wherever you go, with little awareness. On occasions when you have brought some damaged portion of yourself to Me, I have helped you walk in newfound freedom. However, you are so addicted to certain painful patterns that you cannot easily break free from them. Only repeatedly exposing them to My healing Presence will bring you long-term freedom. When that happens, you will be released to experience Joy in much fuller measure. I will share your Joy and multiply it many times over.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
~ Romans 8:1
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
~ Psalm 126:3
In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free.
~ Psalm 118:5