My husband said something yesterday that really got me thinking…. We were talking about the hurt and wounds that people carry around with them for years. Hurts caused in the distant past from careless words spoken, or abusive actions orchestrated against them. Wounds, now years old, still deep and festering…unhealed.
A wound left unattended, and unhealed turns into gangrene. It infects the whole body. It rots the flesh, and the smell it generates is horrendous!
During the process of our conversation, Mike said, “Why can’t people just let “water be under the bridge?”
You’ve heard the old sayings…”Let bygones, be bygones!” “It’s all water under the bridge…” …. But, for many of us, the ‘bygone’s” are still hanging around, and all though the waters from the past have long since tried to flow…they’ve been dammed up. They can no longer move towards the sea of forgetfulness, but flow out of their banks and flood over into every aspect of our lives.
Love and hope are lost beneath these waters. Joy and peace are covered over in the rage and tumult of rising waves of unforgiveness, until they drown out all that is good.
The smell of bitterness scents the air as we enter a room…. We smell of rotting flesh. We are infected with the hate and unforgiveness ever consuming our very beings!
If you are one of these that has built a dam…put up a wall…held onto your hurt… Run to Jesus! It says in Ephesians 2:14, “Christ himself is our peace. He made us one people, and broke down the wall of ·hate [hostility; enmity] that divided us…”
Only HE can break down those walls and heal the hurts you have! Only HE can bind up your wounds and make your life sweet again!
LET BYGONE’S BE JUST THAT…GONE!
LET THE RIVER OF YOUR HURTS FLOW INTO THE SEA OF FORGETFULNESS!
LET JESUS HEAL YOUR WOUNDS!
LEARN TO FORGIVE…AND FORGET!