Shopping is Her Therapy? Please!

I once heard a woman say on Christian TV that shopping is her therapy.  I thought to myself, “What an appalling to thing to say!  What a shameful Christian witness!”

We are NOT to go shopping for therapy!  We’re to go to Jesus, not anywhere else—especially shopping!  Shopping is not the solution to our problems. Besides, shopping can become addicting!  As Christians, we must exercise self-control, which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

When I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit came to live within me and I was born again. I became a different person from the inside out.  That is when I received the fruit of the God’s Spirit:  the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control as described in Galatians 5:22-23.

All true Christians have all the fruit of the Spirit available to them. We simply need to exercise it!   If it’s self-control we need, we talk to God:   “Lord, You know I need self-control in this area of my life. I cannot resist this temptation on my own. Yet now I have Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for helping me. I know that with Your help I can do this.” Then you take a step of faith and do the right thing. I’ve experienced God working through me, helping me exercise self-control, love, patience, joy, etc.  He IS faithful.

But what if we need therapy?  We go to Jesus. We feed on His Word. We thank Him and praise Him that He is sufficient. We reach out to someone in need. We look for ways to serve God more. We do it with joy.

Some may need professional help.  Your pastor may be able to direct you to a Christian counselor.  But please do not go shopping!

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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8 Responses to Shopping is Her Therapy? Please!

  1. Mark says:

    such a good message and timely right now too. If we search this evil world for satisfaction, we will be lost – Jesus is truly all we need! Good read Kathleen!

  2. Amy says:

    Hi Kathleen,
    I love this reminder! It is so important to my family now that times are difficult for us. But God is so good in being there for us in whatever capacity that we need. I loved your directness. And Gal 5:22 is one of my favorite scriptures.
    Thanks again,
    Amy

  3. Linda says:

    While I agree with you in prinicple, I have at times used shopping as an escape…grocery shopping…to remove myself from a situation where if I had stayed home I would have said or done something unpleasant and hurtful. Getting my mind off of the dispute and on to something constructive helped me calm down. Then I was able to think more clearly and take the issue to the Lord …and come home refreshed and healed by His grace.

    • Kathleen says:

      This is common, Linda. But be careful. Even grocery shopping can become problematic. Frustrations can cause us to purchase foods we don’t need and shouldn’t eat, with the attitude, “I deserve this today.”

  4. Frank King says:

    Thanks, Kathleen. It’s important for us to live out of what God has put in us. It is only then that we are allowing Christ to live in and through us. Sad but true, I know a number of Christians who go way too heavy on the shopping. They talk as if there is some “high” to be gotten. We should exercise self-control in all areas of our life.

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