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!
- Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
- SONG: MARTHA – Lyrics by Liana Wendy Howarth; Music by Kathleen