We often think that when we are a victim it’s acceptable to hold on to pain; wallow in hurt and stew on the details of how or why the other person hurt us. We form sinful thoughts like revenge or make plans to withhold love. Nursing our hurt feelings leads us into a trap of bitterness that infects us. It takes us away from God. Hurt is deceptive because it masquerades as our comforting friend. As we welcome this enemy of God into the deepest recesses of our soul, it squeezes the life out of us. We suddenly wake up one day and realize that hurt is a blinding storm which clouds our entire perspective. It divorces us from reality. Reality is found in God’s presence.

If we want to clear the storms away, we must begin by asking God to forgive us for holding on to the hurt. Furthermore, if we’ve retaliated against the offender, we must also seek their forgiveness as well–irrespective of whether they’ve ever apologized to us! We must also begin to change the way we handle hurt by learning to immediately give it to God. He is our truest Friend. Thus, to maintain our closeness to Him, we must learn to repeatedly forgive. Jesus said, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭6:14-15‬) That’s pretty clear–forgiveness brings us close to God.

God wants us to be close to Him!

He offers to bear our burdens, including the burden of hurt. His Word says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭55:22‬) The truth is that we can learn to give every part of ourselves to God–including our hurt. When we learn this, we live in the fullness of life because God is the pure joy of our soul. Today, choose to exchange your hurt for God’s presence!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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