If we allow it, fear, anxiety, insecurity, guilt, shame, abuse, and and/or present sin can distance us in our relationship with God. We become held captive in our minds to those things that have caused hurt. It’s much like a ceramic cup that has been cracked. If not repaired, the crack will grow and completely break the cup. Then, it’s no longer useful. If we don’t allow Jesus to heal our hearts and minds, the effect of our injuries grow. Our ultimate brokenness can make it difficult to be the vessel that carries God’s love to others. Jesus came “to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,” (Isaiah 61:1, NIV). We must accept His forgiveness and love and allow His healing to take place in our lives. He wants to “bestow on us a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” (Isaiah 61:3, NIV). If we allow Him to do this, we will draw closer to Him and unreservedly share Him with others.
Read: Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 58:8; Acts 10:37-40
Verse of the Week: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Romans 1:16