Stress Reduction for Christians

We all know that we are supposed to be reasonable, forgiving and patient. But it is hard to do so when under pressure.

For example, the Christian learns wonderful Biblical principles in church, Sunday School, or listening to Christian radio, but when under stress, we become upset or angry. We then often say the wrong thing or feel the wrong thing (resentment). Then we escape into thinking, where we try to rearrange the past, excuse our failing, or worry and scheme about the future.

When we keep failing to apply the principles that we love, we become frustrated and angry at ourselves. But all this does is add another layer of upset.

At the Center For Common Sense Counseling, we teach the "how" of remaining patient and more forgiving.

By learning the simple technique of how to remain centered and calm, we are pre-armed with Godly grace. It is anger and upset that wash away patience and reason.

In other words, we can learn how to hang onto our patience by not becoming upset. We can hang onto a forgiving attitude by not letting stress sneak up on us and render us judgmental.

It is spiritual discipline that we need. But not the type that comes from suppressing anger, or putting on a good face with seething resentment underneath. It is the discipline of learning how to get centered and then from that calm center of dignity clearly seeing our need for patience.

When the stressful situation arrives (often involving a delicate moment with our spouse, parent, or child), we meet the moment with grace, instead of reacting with upset and coming unglued.

In simple terms, if we could learn the secret of not getting upset, we can be better Christians.

The Center For Common Sense Counseling is a nondenominational radio outreach to all people. Roland has no organization to join or belong to. His mission is to awaken us to our conscience and what we know in our hearts, and then he wishes to offer a few tips on how to stay in touch with that good by not becoming upset or resentful.

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1: 2-4

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