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I read this quote the other day and I’ve thought of it often since.
An unhealed person can find offense in pretty much anything anyone does. A healed person understands the actions of others have nothing to do with them. Each day you get to decide which you will be.Unknown
I believe I am a healed person. I know I am. Yet reading this quote made me think about an incident that took place earlier this week. Someone said something that got under my skin. It’s not unusual for these things to happen in all the togetherness that takes place over the holidays, but it caused me to think.
Why had I allowed these this to get to me?
I went into the holidays with a heart to enjoy the people and the moment. But I also allowed those words to intrude into my thoughts and into a special day.
It’s time to take something off!
In today’s Encouragement for Today devotion, I shared a verse from Isaiah 61:3. In this verse, the prophet declares that the Israelites can throw off their heavy garments of unresolved grief, disillusionment, and sadness to exchange it for a new garment — one of praise.
I love the idea of putting on a garment of praise, one that soaks through to my heart, my soul, and my life.
But to put on a garment, we first take one off.
We throw off unforgiveness to wear grace. We throw off resentment to cover our souls in peace. We exchange a garment of hurt for healing. We take off a heavy garment of self-condemnation for relationship with a God who knows who we are, and who we are becoming.
So, without condemnation but with anticipation, I held up this moment before the Lord. And what I saw was an invitation to take off a garment of offense. In it’s place, I can put on a garment of forgiveness, or a garment of discernment, or a garment of wisdom to know that I was a little bit weary and overstimulated from such a long stretch of noise and activity, and maybe I just needed to take 30 minutes and rest or sit down and enjoy the moment, rather than trying to clean or care for others.
What heavy garment are you wearing?
Even as God heals, the work continues. Those garments are tossed to and fro as he places the “new” on us. We grow. We stretch. We discover the depths of God’s work in our hearts and lives. So, if you have been wearing a heavy garment, throw it off today to receive what God has for you.
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What’s one thing you sense God asking you to remove in order to receive the new?
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