Your situation could be caused by anything but how many times have we all called up a friend and prefaced a conversation with, "I just need to vent!" before launching into a litany of offenses that your husband has committed against you. Forty-five minutes later, you've gotten it all out. Maybe you feel like a weight has been lifted off your chest and maybe you actually feel worse. Maybe you've been open to hearing your friend's perspective on your frustrating situation and maybe you've not wanted her to say a word, just listen.
I'd like to pose a question that might challenge our thinking a little bit: is it biblical to vent in this way?
Let me ask some clarifying questions to get discussion started:
What do we mean when we talk about venting?
What are we attempting to accomplish when we vent?
Do we see "venting" addressed anywhere in Scripture? Where?
What is a godly and biblical way to express our frustration and grievances against someone?
How should we respond to a friend who is venting?
I'm curious to hear what you all think about this. I'll bet many of us have done this very thing and those words - "I just need to vent!" sounds so normal and accepted. I know that I've said them many times. But is venting really actually helpful? What Scriptural principles should we bring to bear here?
Ready. Set. Discuss.