Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: love (page 1 of 2)

Can’t stop the shame?

  The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. John 21:17   Have you ever done […]

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Having a hard time?

  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Philippians 3:10 An encouraging thought: There’s no need to despair when things are tough. We always have Jesus. In fact, it’s at times when things are bad that we come to […]

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Difficult people

  When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” Luke 19:5   Do you have a difficult person in your life? Or – could you yourself be regarded as a difficult person? I myself live with mental health issues that […]

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Forever hated? living with borderline

Dear Lord, What happened to the person I was? Hated by someone I never imagined would hate. …and the pain that came, the deep deep pain. Today I sit with the one I love, sorry it’s all so hard on him, sorry I can’t be what I was. Will he too hate me now? It […]

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Does Jesus care?

  I received the following message from someone today with a need to share where she’s at. She sends prayers to all who find life difficult in some ways:   Hi Marja So much of what bothers us can be hidden by pretending to be okay, and as your posts indicate, people do not want […]

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Teach us to love

  Dishonest tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus’ sermons; but this caused complaints from the Jewish religious leaders and the experts on Jewish law because he was associating with such despicable people—even eating with them! Luke 15:1-2 (TLB)   Can you imagine being the sinful woman who washed Jesus’ feet […]

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6. Healthy relationships with our supporters

Controlling the urge to connect Some people have what’s called “anxious attachment” which starts during childhood. They seek approval and reassurance from others, never having a relief from self-doubt. In their relationships the feeling that they’re going to be rejected worries them and causes them not to trust. This drives them to be over-dependent. They […]

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To be a child

  Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God […]

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Ashamed no longer

When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.  Mark 5:27-29  As Jesus was walking toward the […]

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Do you love me?

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I […]

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