“Release The Hurt”
April 7, 2019
“Beloved, don’t be obsessed with taking revenge, but leave that to God’s righteous justice. For the Scriptures say: “If you don’t take justice in your own hands I will release justice for you,” says the Lord..Never let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good.” (Romans 12:19, 21)
It’s hard to imagine that if something were lodged in your leg, that you wouldn’t immediately remove what’s wounding you. What if instead of removing the object, you were to accept it and grow accustomed to walking with your wound? What if you were to just adjust your walk to accommodate your wound? Not only would the wound become infected, but you may even lose your leg. What started as a limp slowly but surely leads to the loss of the leg!
This is an extreme image, but holding onto a hurt is like letting a wound become infected. If what wounded you isn’t released, washed and cleaned out, the wound won’t heal properly. You may even lose access to the wounded area. Holding onto an emotional hurt has the same effect within our hearts, the core of who we are. When left untreated by God, our Great Physician, our hearts become infected. We can lose our ability to love, trust, believe for better again when we hold onto hurt.
Is there a hurt in your life that you’re holding? Have you adjusted your life to accommodate your hurt? Whether it’s an offense, a painful memory, or a broken dream, the hurts we hold onto can infect our hearts. Until we release the hurt, God’s healing power isn’t released. God’s infinite healing power is always available, but what we don’t reveal and release cannot be healed.
God is patient with us and gentle with our wounds. God’s Word says that he is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18) and heals our wounds (Psalm 147:3). When you release your hurt, God releases his healing. The recovery process can begin.
Recovery is exactly that, a process. Cleansing a wound can be painful at first. Releasing a hurt may be painfully vulnerable, but God is near. There is no hurt too painful for God to heal. There is no wound too deep for God to wash clean. He is faithful to recover what we’ve lost, to teach us how to be whole again. We need only to surrender, to release our hurt to our Healer.
Is there a hurt you’re holding, that you haven’t surrendered to God? Surrender your heart to God and invite his healing, trustworthy presence.
Pray for the right people to help you release your hurts past, present, and future.
Pray for our community, our City Church family, that offense and hurt will not limit us from moving forward into all God has for us. Pray that we will always be a home for the hurting, a place of hope and healing.