Do you have issues?

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I was watching Dr. Phil the other day with my 24 year old daughter. He was telling the couple on his show that they had “issues” (problems) to work out and that he was going to help them if they would let him. And she made the comment that she too needed help because she had “issues.” I said, “Honey, we ALL have ‘issues!’”
We all have problems in our life, whether it be in our relationships, health, decision-making skills, impulse control, just to name a few. Christians are not immune to this dilemma. NO ONE ON THIS EARTH IS PERFECT EXCEPT GOD. That's why we need Him. Click To Tweet
I am a Dr. Phil fan. He does give good advice. Although I don’t agree with everything he says on the show, he has helped a lot of people. Here are a few of his sage idioms:
YOU TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO TREAT YOU:
In other words, if yo let people talk disrespectfully to you or use you only for their benefit, they are not your friend but your abuser. Real friends give and take with each other. Real friends talk as well as listen. Click To TweetReal friends treat each other with respect and love one another as unto the Lord. (I Cor 13:4-7)
YOUR PAST DOES NOT MAKE YOUR FUTURE:
Dr. Phil says, “Acknowledge your past without being controlled by it.” We all have a past that has made us into the person we are now. But if we are Christians and want to please God we need to forgive those who have hurt us in the past and make a better future.
Phil 3:13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
FORGIVE OTHERS:
Even Dr. Phil talks about forgiveness. He sees it as letting the person you are not forgiving having power over you and affecting your health and heart in a negative way. God tells us that He cannot forgive us if we do not forgive others their sin against us. Both things are true but the end is the same, we always feel better in our hearts if we forgive. And our relationship with God is healed if we forgive.
Dr. Phil claims to be a Christian. He talks about God on his show. Although there are some things he says that I don’t agree with. But I do thank God that his show is on television so that he can help those who cannot help themselves. And the he gives them the resources that they would not have if they weren’t on TV.
I also told my daughter that she didn’t have the “issues” that the people on the show had. Praise God that none of my children have ever been on drugs and are fairly normal people. We have problems but none that we can’t handle without God’s help.

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11 thoughts on “Do you have issues?

  1. Issues abound, that’s for sure. No household is immune to them, is it? I repeat Dr. Phil’isms sometimes too. One of my faves is, “My daddy always told me to never miss a good chance to shut up.” 🙂 Good to see you today, Steph. ((hug))

  2. HI Steph! This is so true. We ALL have issues…every single one of us! I love Dr Phil too! I like him because he just tells it like it is.

    I’m thankful that every day I need HIM!

  3. I had a friend who went on the DR Phil several years ago, and it was an interesting experience for her family.

    I love the point you make here about friends. We were made for community. We need people to share our issues with, but we also need friends who will hold the mirror of Christ to us, and loving help us when we get off course.

    Thanks for sharing this post! Your neighbor at Chasing Community.

    Blessings, Misty

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