“He sent out his Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.” Psalms 107:20 (NIV)
For many, their first introduction to the concept of love was demonstrated through abuse and perversion that left them broken and bruised. This “love” exploited their vulnerabilities and exchanged innocence with fear. They are fearful of being “loved” in its truest sense and fearful of loving others. For the broken, the idea of a loving Father that sees them as “unblemished,” “without fault,” and yielding value may be a difficult truth to accept. Such a stronghold in one’s life serves as the stumbling block in truly accepting Jesus as The Christ and trusting Him as Lord of their lives.
As followers of Christ, we must be sensitive and patient towards others, especially the broken and wounded. We must ask God to give us sensitivity to recognizing such strongholds within ourselves and the discernment to cast it down. The chains of low self-worth, depression, bitterness and deep-seated anger may have gained its roots through such perversion, mistaken as love. God has an incredible way of healing the hurt and restoring the broken. His daughters are and can be those who have been crushed, pressed and revealed to be the diamonds God always said them to be.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I ask for Your healing and restoring power to renew my mind, my heart and my body. Let nothing I have experienced keep me from walking into all You have for me. You have called me to live and not die. I will live life abundantly and not allow my life to reproduce scars that were inflicted on me. I release it all to You, Lord. Help me to love. Help me to see myself how You see me. Help me to receive my salvation and deliverance through You Jesus. I declare You are my Lord and Savior, and every chain is broken. I declare that I am free. In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen