Let's reverse the train for a moment becasue there is something that we must address before continuing the journey from broken to complete. It's a truth you and I have to admit before we can move forward.
We have all been a victim. Now, we don't stay here, but before we can move ahead we must acknowledge truth. Some wrong, abuse, or injustice has crossed our path and left wounds in our heart. We must acknowledge these areas in order for healing to occur.
If we ignore the wounds, then we allow the power of their poison to continually flow through our hearts. We accept the injury and refuse the removal of the pain. It is like an infection buried in the depths of our heart. Although we think we have it so quarantined from the remaining parts of our life, we are wrong. That one infected area is seeping out and tainting what is healthy. The only way to truly be free of its affects is to remove the poison.
But how, we wonder?
The first step is to reveal it (admit it). By doing so, it will shine a light into the hidden parts of the heart uncovering the unattended injury. Then once it is revealed, there has to be a process for healing.
So practically what does this look like?
Prayer. Grab a notebook and write down all the unhealed "heart wounds" that come to mind. Then address the feelings that come with each. Finally, take the action steps needed for healing. This may look like counseling, talking with the offender, admitting personal fault, forgiveness, or something further that God reveals.
Now it is time to release the VICTIM mindset so that you can step into the WARRIOR role which God has already given you.
You are no longer bound by the circumstances of your injury, but through the name of Jesus you have power to overcome and become more than anything that has tried to keep you bound.
Read more in this series -
Fragmented at Heart: Broken People Made Whole - Part 1
Fragmented at Heart: Broken People Made Whole - Part 3
Fragmented at Heart: Broken People Made Whole - Part 5