Psychology and Christian Theology,
The truth about Stress and Fire.

In a recent study conducted in Germany, it was concluded that stress which continues over a long period of time can trigger pain and physical discomforts such as stomach and intestinal problems, back pain, asthma, skin rashes and headaches. This study was conducted by Germany's professional association of psychiatrists. Sufferers of such problems should consider what in their lives has put them under pressure and what they can change about their situation, if there is no physical cause of the problems. If that alone doesn't help, psychotherapy could be the solution.

It is estimated that up to one-third of people who consult a doctor because of these various complaints are suffering from a psychosomatic illness.

The stress often is the result of demands or conflicts with colleagues or superiors at work or it can result from relationship problems.
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Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)
17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Proverbs 1:6-7 (NIV)
6 for understanding proverbs and parables, 
the sayings and riddles of the wise. 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, 
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
1 John 4:18 The Message (MSG)

17-18God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we're free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ's. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.

18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger—if we couldn't feel it, we couldn't protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often we fear situations that are in no way life-or-death, and thus hang back for no good reason. Traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell. Yet exposing ourselves to our personal demons is the best way to move past them.

1 Peter 1:7 English Standard Version (ESV)
7so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:6-7 The Message (MSG)
6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it's your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.


1 Peter 4:12-14 English Standard Version (ESV)

12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

John 15:5,8 CEV “I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me. When you become fruitful disciples of mine, my Father will be honored.”