STEW IN OUR OWN JUICE
To Stew in Our Own Juice is an old idiom to explain a certain condition common to many: ‘to brood over one’s unpleasant emotions, such as guilt, anger, or anxiety, in isolation.’ (Dictionary)
This is important because our stewing can be very destructive. Whoever and whatever may have hurt us, abused us, lied to us, cheated on us, deserted us or in some way passed us by in our past on the journey is still doing so if we keep it within and especially if we stew on it.
The second part of this stew is to think about or suffer the results of our own actions, without anyone giving us any help. This is hanging on to the pain, hurt, abuse or whatever without getting rid of it or getting help to get rid of it. These issues continue until we deal with forgiveness, release from debt owed to us, and desire for revenge or the anger from the offenses. As long as we choose to keep this stuff we are cooking in our own stew and stewing in our own juice until we are done… or over done…or done in.
Everyone is going through stuff. Let’s pray not to Stew in our Own Juice.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Jesus