My friends, this is something that has been on my heart as of late. So many of us have hurts that are unhealed. So many of us are carrying the heavy burdens of the past that are not only breaking our back….They are breaking our spirit and breaking our hearts. These wounds from times past are keeping us from the Life which was promised us. As it has been said, no person cannot live with one foot in the past and the other in the present. In doing so, we make it impossible to move into the future. There are so many drawbacks to not allowing healing into our lives. Let me ask you, what happens if a cut or gash is ignored and left untreated? It will fester and infection sets in which in turn compromises the immune system and can ultimately cause a breakdown in the body, yes? Do you think that your Spirit is not subject to this same circumstance? The only difference is one is a physical wound and the other is a spiritual and/or an emotional wound. The results are identical. If you have been hurt in life (and we all have at some point) and you permit yourself to carry this around with you, it will slowly but surely drain strength from your soul. And admittedly, there are some who wrap their pain around them like a blanket, not even realizing that they are destroying what is their essence.
“But,” you say. “You do not understand! I was wronged back then and a person doesn’t just get over things that easily.” This is true. I won’t deny that at all. So, allow yourself a reasonable amount of time to feel the pain for one must recognize what it is that hurts before the wound can be treated properly. But for God’s sake, after that time has passed (and don’t wallow in it), then allow healing to begin. Do not allow your true spirit to become weakened and diseased because you will not let go of what is past. It is no different from pouring acid on a plant instead of life-sustaining water. The plant will die from the acid but it will thrive and flourish from the water. Please take in the spiritual waters of forgiveness so as to cleanse those old wounds and allow them to begin to close and become whole once again. Then you can begin to live once again and then to grow into the Life that has been destined for you. Believe me, I know of what it is I speak.
And healing is not always easy. Sometimes the wound has sealed in much poison and must be reopened so as to allow the infection to bleed out. That can indeed be painful. However this process is not only necessary but it is worth it. As we forgive others for whatever it was they did to cause us pain, we will find that we feel lighter and even brighter in our heart. When we do not carry the past within ourselves, Life rewards us in ways you cannot even imagine. When you are not bound by the past, you can move freely in the present and proceed into the future.
I might also say that there are many folks who need to provide a different type of forgiveness. By this I mean they need to forgive themselves for whatever it is they feel they have done wrong or what it is they feel the failures in their lives are. Perhaps not forgiving one’s self is the worst type of not forgiving there is. You see, when someone will not forgive themselves for things that have occurred in their lives, not only do they carry that burden in their heart but they also fall victim to self-ridicule and self-deprecation which is as a cancer to the their spiritual body. They allow themselves to be eaten away by the free-radical cells of unforgiveness and self-loathing. If that is your situation today, please stop it. Just stop it. Love yourself enough to value who you really are, who you were created to be. What is that you say? I don’t know what the atrocities are that you committed against yourself as well as others? That is true. But that is not of importance here. You must realize that if our Creator can forgive you (He will and He has), then who are you not to bring the gift of self-forgiveness into your heart. Do not continue to destroy the precious gift of Life that you have been given. In truth, that would be an atrocity, a slap in the face of your Creator. Give that some thought, if you would please.
Now you may have noticed I haven’t said anything about a healing of our world which is desperately needed, of course. I did not make mention of it directly. For you see, our world can only be healed in the same measure in which we permit the healing of ourselves. The healing for our world takes place one person at a time. We forgive ourselves which gives us the freedom and ability to forgive others which permits others to forgive themselves and pass along forgiveness to still others. And so it goes…..A wave of forgiveness that, if begun will move across this planet of ours and cleanse all those it washes over. And the beauty of all this is that it is very real and very possible.
Thank you for your time and attention this evening. Please do give credence to these words. I am certainly not right about everything. But I am right about this. Take care with yourselves this day. Blessings upon you. Be sure to bless all those who cross your path or whose paths you cross. In other words, bless everyone!
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.