Remember falling as a kid? You probably don’t remember the cuts, scrapes, and bruises you got on the playground but I bet you do remember the painful words that were said to you. I don't know who said, "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me!" That just isn't true! The names often hurt the most!
We remember emotional wounds a lot longer than physical ones. We cannot afford to keep playing the tape over and over again of the things that wounded us. We've got to release it!
There’s a word for rehearsing a hurt over and over again in your mind – resentment. It literally means, “to cut again.” Every time you nurse an old would, you’re cutting yourself again. Now that sounds pretty stupid doesn't it?
The Bible says in Psalm 37:8 (GW), “Let go of anger and leave your rage behind. Do not be preoccupied. It only leads to evil.” When you rehearse the pain, you just reinforce and reinvent the hurt. It's time to let it go!
This week lighten the load, cast your cares and burdens upon the Lord and let go of things like worry, guilt and wounds. Life isn't easy but everything about it is easier with Christ!