Sunday, August 7, 2022

Daily Devotion: Cutting

Bible Reading: John 14:15-27

Key Verse: Verse 27- “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Key Words: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid

Cutting is when someone takes a sharp object and cuts their wrist, arm, leg, stomach.  The following is taken from an article from Teen Heart.

It can be hard to understand why people cut themselves on purpose.  Cutting is a way some people try to cope with the pain of strong emotions, intense pressure, or upsetting relationship problems.  They may be dealing with feelings that seem too difficult to bear, or bad situations they think can’t change.

Some people cut because they feel desperate for relief from bad feelings.  People who cut may now know better ways to get relief from emotional pain or pressure.  Some people cut to express strong feelings of rage, sorrow, rejection, desperation, longing, or emptiness.

Although cutting may provide some temporary relief from a terrible feeling, even people who cut agree that it isn’t a good way to get that relief.  For one thing, the relief doesn’t last.  The troubles that triggered the cutting remain – they’re just masked over.

Cutting can be habit forming.  It can become a compulsive behavior – meaning that the more a person does it, the more he or she feels the need to do it.  The brain starts to connect the false sense of relief from bad feelings to the act of cutting, and it craves this relief the next time tension builds.  When cutting becomes a compulsive behavior, it can seem impossible to stop.  So cutting can almost seem like an addiction, where the urge to cut can seem too hard to resist.  A behavior that starts as an attempt to feel more in control can end up controlling you.

Here’s what the cutter needs to know.

Ø      Cutting is not a solution; it is just another problem to overcome.

Ø      Realize that you are trying to be the answer for your problems, rather than realizing that Jesus is the answer.

Ø      You are viewing your trials from a selfish perspective.  View them from a selfless perspective.  See II Corinthians 1:4.

Ø      Realize that what you are going through, others have gone through as well.  Get counsel from an “elder” (older person).  Trust me, they’ve been through it all.

Ø      Remember that joy is not necessarily found in the trials of life, but rather is found in going through the trials successfully (James 1:1-4).

Ø      Read Nahum 1:7.

Ø      If you are not saved, trust Jesus as your Savior today.  You can contact someone on our staff who can help you by phone 205/854-2741.

What to do:
Apply the principles above.
I would also recommend you read the book, Inside A Cutter’s Mind by Jerusha Clark.

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