“He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.”Romans 3:21-24 MSG
“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4 NIV
Grudges clutter your soul with bitterness and weigh your heart down.
Living hurt because people lied to you in the past does not help you live in peace now.
Nursing the anger of dealing with people whose pride cut your life to shreds doesn’t help you heal but it does keep you emotionally wounded.
When you forgive someone, you are not denying what they did. In fact, you are assigning responsibility for their actions to them. You are acknowledging the truth of what happened and how it impacted you.
Forgiveness is vital to the soul, it is balm and healing, relief and redeeming.
Letting go of a grudge is vital because you are valuable.
What do you need to let go of today?
Who do you need to forgive and give to God?
Prayer is a retreat.
The word “retreat” is a military term. It means to get off the battlefield, to quit fighting, back out and regroup.
A time to take a step back.
Flee the battlefield to regroup, reassess, restrategize and recover.
“May God look you full in the face and make you prosper”.
Numbers 6:26 MSG
The word for “prosper” here in the original Hebrew is “shalom” and often translated as peace. Shalom is the peace that comes after the conflict and the quietness that comes after the chaos.
At its core, “Shalom” means the type of wholeness that comes after being broken.
Fighting a battle when you’re exhausted, wounded and discouraged never works.
Are you exhausted, wounded, or discouraged?
Then it is time to pray.
To take a step back, find a quiet place with God so He can repair what is broken, remind you of His purpose and arm you with His vision.
Jesus has given you full access to God’s presence.
Enter in and rest.
He is waiting for you.
My prayer is that you would get off the battlefield for a while and allow God to love you to wholeness.
Stay there as long as you need to.
What drives out fear? Love does.
Don’t believe me? Think back to a time when you were in love with somebody. How bold were you? How much hope did you have for the future? Did you do any crazy things with them because you were in love with them?
Did you know you are loved?
You are loved with a perfect love from a sinless Savior who sacrificed Himself so that you could live unhindered by fear and live in His love.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.
1 John 4:18 NIV
Jesus came to the earth He created to perfect love. The word perfect here doesn’t mean flawless, it means complete…completed completeness.
Not infatuation, or an excited feeling (which starts us out) but a deep developed love that stands the test of time and trial.
His was a love that bleeds when the lash tore open His back and the splintered wood of the cross dug into it.
A love that persevered through the unendurable physical and spiritual pain of the cross until He could utter the truth, “it is finished”.
His love has been made completely complete on the cross. The debt of sin has been paid and the great chasm between God and man has been crossed. Why? For you.
When fear rises up to dismantle your faith or weave it’s tentacles around your feet to trip you up, You must remember this fact: You have nothing to fear. You are in love.
Christ took your punishment completely so that you could immerse you in His love.
It is perfect love and in it, you are made whole.
Jesus walked the earth, spoke truth to all who would listen, healed broken bodies and restored broken souls to God. It was His love that breathed life into the first lungs of man and His word that drove the darkness and chaos back before that and it is His love that sets you free to love as freely and completely as you are loved.
What drives fear out?
The love of Jesus.
Hang your hat on it and get down to the business of loving others with the confident abandon that comes with it.
Wholeness takes time.
Abundant life in Christ includes abundant rest in Him.
Resting from trying to figure it all out.
Resting from worrying yourself sick.
Resting from trying to control everything and have the answers for everything.
“May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.
The One who called you is completely dependable.
If he said it, he’ll do it!”
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 MSG
Take a deep breath, slow down.
The very best thing you can do is rest in Him.
The Lord isn’t slow in keeping His promises, He is faithful to complete what He has started and is completely dependable.
I know it isn’t easy and life may not make sense right now.
Hold on, my friend.
Let Jesus work.
Trust in Him.
Put yourself and what is weighing heavy on your heart into His Hands.
He is patient with you (and with others) because He sees more than you do, His reach extends yours and His knowledge is not hindered by time or eternity.
God knows real change takes time and He is willing to wait.
Rest in Him today and give yourself permission to stop worrying about things you can’t control.
“My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.”Psalm 25:15 NIV
Here is the thing:The one who hurt you, can’t heal you.