No Pain, No Gain

To forgive the people who have hurt us we must expose our pain. It’s important to acknowledge the hurt and the hate toward that person. We’ve heard the term “no pain, no gain” when it comes to physical activity. Well, the same is true with emotional healing. We must go back to look at the offense, to remember and experience the pain in order to heal completely.

With a root of bitterness we live in the darkness of our shame and sin, unable to have authentic fellowship with God and others. Our sin separates us like a cloud cover over the sun. God’s word says that we must come out of the darkness to be cleansed. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” 1 John 1:7.

By writing letters to people in my life I exposed my hidden pain, those secrets that kept me hiding. As I poured out my heart on paper I remembered the offenses that I buried. I found it important to state the offense specifically.

Did you feel rejected; betrayed; deprived of love; or physically, sexually or emotionally abused? Consider writing a letter to release your pain. Ask God to reveal truth to you, the truth that will set you free to forgive. Let Him uncover the pain. As you write the letter state how that offense made you feel. If you bury your feelings you may bypass the possibility of healing.

Persevere through the process to find freedom on the other side. Through the process of releasing the pain of bitterness we find healing. We receive a blessing. We forgive. We become the person we were always meant to be. God uses the pain to make us the person we are. Beautiful and free.

What painful experience do you need to relive to gain freedom?

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