When your heart has been hurt tremendously, it becomes guarded and uncertain! It seems easier to absorb the hurt and allow it to keep you from connecting with the people who hurt you or those you love, and “sadly” it makes it fearful to even connect with people in general.
As I was pondering this morning, as this was “sort of” the topic in my devotional, I was reminded of how Jesus handled hurt from people. He never moved into dysfunctional defense mechanisms and coping skills to protect himself; He simply set healthy boundaries, loved unconditionally, and focused on His purpose on Earth – To obey His Father and fulfill His destiny to save the world from eternal damnation and bring hope into the world! I’m so glad he didn’t revert to dysfunctional mannerisms and remained close to His Father! Because of His determination and faithfulness we have hope!
I’m often tempted to revert to dysfunctional mannerisms of protection and sadly I often do… Thinking about Jesus always helps to grab my attention, convict my spirit, and refocus my attention. Most importantly, it reminds me that my heart belongs to Jesus! The realization that people ARE going to hurt me! But… Jesus will comfort, protect, and provide security when my heart is hurt! He’s the mender, healer, and Almighty Counselor! I’m going to be okay and therefore, if God leads I can move into territory that seems uncertain and scary!
I’m going to be okay! And… so are you! With Jesus at the center, we’re going to be okay! We will be hurt, but we will be okay… Because Jesus is our guard, our healer, our security, our Counselor, our everything! God continually teaches me that he’s my wall and fortress. Therefore, I don’t have to erect unhealthy walls and guards around my heart for protection!
Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”
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