God’s Valentine Can Heal the Sadness
I love the Charlie Brown cartoon above for a few reasons.
- We all want and need that kind of love.
- We all have pain that needs healing.
- To be healed of pain is not just possible, but promised.
We were created with a need for love. Since God is love, what a loving thing for Him to have wired into our design! He is the source of the perfect, never-let-you-down love. When we come to Him, we learn to open ourselves up and receive it. We learn to let ourselves be loved.
Life has happened to all of us – from family tragedy to abusive words to feelings of rejection or loneliness, all of us have experienced things that have hurt us. Most people in our culture are taught to stuff their hurts instead of telling God about them. Stuffing our pain only keeps it with us. We need to recognize it and share it with our Father.
God promises to heal us of all that has ever hurt us, damaged us, or traumatized us. In fact, there’s nothing His love cannot heal. Most of us have not been taught how to be healed by God. Some of us have been taught to “take it on the chin” and keep going and some have not been allowed to express their pain.
In this season of celebrating love, let’s say “enough is enough” and bring our pain to God to heal. Sometimes we think we need a piece of cake when what we really need is a revelation of God’s deep, penetrating, healing love that never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).
So how do we gain access to that love and to healing? We can’t earn either one, but we must participate in our process.
We first believe. We believe that Jesus came to save us, yes, but also to heal us and turn us into healers. We believe and we come to Him with our words in prayer and express to Him where we hurt.
Second, we become willing to forgive those who have hurt us. We remember that we, too, have needed to be forgiven and when we make the choice to forgive, we are setting ourselves free from what has happened to us.
Third, we ask for healing of our pain and become willing to let go of it, not milk it anymore, not be a victim of it any longer, and release it to God. We ask Him to wrap us in His perfect love and we sit with Him and let Him do just that.
Healing is usually a process and so don’t be discouraged if you find you need to come to God again with the same circumstance. Be patient with yourself, learn to receive His love, and express your heart to Him.
Jesus loves you. Period. Just the way you are. In fact, your brokenness attracts Him to you because it’s “by His stripes that we are healed”.
Our highest and best expression of who we are as God’s children is to show love! Who can you show love to today? Maybe with chocolate? (wink)
May you feel God’s love more richly, deeply, and consistently as you walk with Him.
Lots of Love,
From the desk by the window on a mild February morning in the south.
(c) February 2018, Robin Lewis / Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC – all rights reserved.