THIS WEEK’S DEVOTIONAL
Let us lay aside every weight and sin which so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Heb 12:1
Lots of times, most persons carry weights they are unaware of; past negative experiences that have hurt us, such as rape incident, physical violent abuse, abandonment, neglect by a loved one, the list could go on and on. All of these experiences could leave such a traumatic effect on us and most of the time we unconsciously carry these toxic baggages into our marriages yet hoping to build healthy homes.
When we refuse to allow the Lord heal us of those past painful experiences by first forgiving our offenders and then letting go of the hurt, we carry the pains of the memory in our heart and we will seek to protect ourselves from allowing a reoccurrence of such events in our life. This could compel us to become aggressive and defensive in our behaviour or action towards our spouse or people around us. We develop a pattern or response that is driven more by fear of the unknown. We could become suspicious of even our spouse. For a person who is single, you could be sceptical of every man or woman that comes around you. The devil loves to take advantage of unhealed wound just as bacteria and virus love to thrive on untreated wounds. We must consciously decide not to allow the pain of the past poison the prospects of our bright future. The past is gone, you’re living in the present and gazing at your future. Move on with your life.
Lord, I lay down my painful experience at your feet. Heal me and use it for glory.