In a way you’re probably not even aware of, your family has affected you deeply. It doesn’t matter if you grew up in the ideal Christian home or you grew up in quite the opposite; the effects are there, whether it’s through your personality or pent-up emotions you’ve been hiding in a drawer. We need to realize that revealing the pain from our past will, in turn, strengthen our future. However, we have to be open to receiving healing in the first place. If we aren’t, the things that have been locked away in drawers will escape and become a part of our lives without us realizing it. Healing may be difficult, but it can cost you much more to keep your pain hidden.
Protect Yourself & Your Future Family
In life, you may have gotten by quite well hiding the pain from family hurts, but within a matter of time, you’ll find yourself whispering, “Where in the world did that come from? Why did I get so angry?” There could be a deep, systemic pain you’ve been keeping hidden.
So why try to release your bottled up emotions, anyway? The answer is simple: so you don’t have to live on with that pain knowing it will always be there and so it won’t also hurt your future family.
Grow Closer To God Through Healing
Revealing the pain will strengthen your future. You’ll have healthier relationships, you won’t struggle through prayers while trying to pray for family members, and you’ll be able to breathe when you remember the circumstances that caused you pain. By receiving healing, you’ll take part in the joy of realizing that God has never left you. You will grow closer to God by allowing Him to heal those broken parts of your past. This is where we have to be willing. You need to step out of the boat and let God do the wonders.
Turn To Prayer
We need to open all those drawers filled with pain, which calls us to remember, to dig deep and perhaps to write things down as they come. Have a spiritual mentor, friend or someone who is close to you spiritually pray for God to come in and have His way for healing.
“O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.” —Psalm 30:2
It may get messy with emotion, but tears are an expression of the release of healing; that’s a good thing. Once you’ve gone through the healing, you’ll know, because God is close to the broken-hearted, and even closer when hearts have been healed.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” —Psalm 34:18
Once we’ve received healing, we come to the realization of how much lighter life is. It’s like the light came on, and we’ll begin to see the fruits of having received such timely healing. We won’t bring the pain into our future families and allow it to take root. We’ll be able to protect, nurture and be open with our families. God relishes in giving us healing, because He knows what miracles can come from it. He knows it will give us an unspeakable joy. Don’t be afraid of healing or have anxiety about what will happen; just allow Him to be God over your life and remember that only good can come of it.
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