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Topic: Guard Your Heart (06/08/12)
TITLE: Take the Step
By Yvette Stupart
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It is always so painful to deal with emotional, verbal, or physical abuse suffered in childhood or as adults. People struggle to let go of the pain of abuse, unable to find healing and peace to move on to satisfying lives. Stories are told of people who limp through life unable overcome the emotional pains of the past.
Without a doubt the struggle is real, and many people need help to deal with their pain. Experts in the fields of medicine and psychology continue to point out that people need to let go of the grudge and resentment that they hold, for more fulfilling lives. Even more, God wants us to enjoy abundant life (John 10:10), but this is hardly likely if we continue to hold on to bitterness and unforgiveness.
In my own journey, many times I have struggled with the pain of past hurts. But I find that when I hold on to bitterness and resentment, the hurts do not get any better. However, I am learning to let go of the pain other people cause me, and to do so quickly. Over the years, Romans 5 verse 5 became precious to me. I have meditated on it, and it has helped me to forgive others who deeply hurt me.
This is my way of safeguarding my heart. The result is that I have found peace even in situations where I felt hurt to the core of my being. I have come to accept the divine love that God pours in my heart. This healing balm is accessible to me to reassure my heart. In the same way, this love is available to spread those who hurt me.
For you, the journey to total healing from past hurts is a process which might take some time. But you can take the first step today with the simple reminder to, “guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23 NLT). The fact is, where your heart goes, that is where your life will go. Take the decision today, allow God's love to change your heart. Healing begins with you; it begins with a change of heart.
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