A pastor's wife commented on my blog today. Her comment inspired this post.
It got me thinking about a reason, as Christians, for sharing struggles regarding distressing obsessive thoughts.
I think it can be very helpful for people to realize that Christians (and even a pastor's wife) can have those kinds of thoughts.
Intrusive obsessive thoughts are part of a disorder - obsessive-compulsive disorder. The thoughts do not define you. The thoughts do not define who you are as a person.
I've learned that the reason why the unwanted, negative thoughts cause so much distress and pain is because they go against who we actually are as a person (including our character, beliefs, etc.).
Those unwanted, negative thoughts that cause you distress are based on lies from satan and he works through your obsessive thoughts to attack you.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor do I work in the health field. I am not an expert in anything faith-related, nor do I work in a faith-related area. The things I write are things I've learned and/or things I believe. I learned them from sermons, Bible teacher(s), Bible study, life, and/or etc. I take things I've learned and see how I believe they could be applied to OCD based on my experiences, etc. with OCD. I am not saying to use any of the things on this blog as treatment. Maybe you'll find some things in my blog posts to help you on top of whatever treatment method(s) you have chosen/choose to use or not use for your OCD, but you do so at your own risk. I am not responsible for any of your choices, actions, decisions. I am not responsible for any of your results, nor your lack of results. I have read something similar or the same as this in the past from a Bible teacher: If anything I ever write doesn't line up with God's Word, please throw it out.
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