People are often in a state of discouragement and bitterness because of a physical disability. I hope that this will help.

Physical disabilities can easily lead to discouragement and bitterness. There are certainly no easy answers to such problems. However, you can be sure that God, in His ultimate purpose, desires to bring about in you the greatest good, including the cultivation of love, patience, and faith (Romans 8:28).

Faith in God will give you courage, hope, and the ability to accept your circumstances with a greater peace of mind than you have ever experienced before. The Bible says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Helen Keller, who was both blind and deaf from an early age, is a classic example of handling life's handicaps. She said, “I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God.” Some people with less serious handicaps give in to self-pity and limit their usefulness and service to people and God. The Bible teaches that physical affliction, if not misunderstood, can work for our strengthening and good; read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

Afflictions can lead us to see our need to accept Christ as our Savior by faith, or discipline us into a closer walk with him. The Bible says, “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all” (Psalm 34:19). Some of God's most faithful followers have suffered great pain and limitations, but they learned to use their affliction constructively. For further help I encourage you to contact JAF Ministries,, (Joni and Friends) P.O. Box 3333 , Agoura Hills , California 91301 , telephone (818) 707-5664 or (800) 523-5777. This is a very helpful Christian ministry to people with disabilities.

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