Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:4-5 (NIV)
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61:3 (NIV)
Do you ever have emotions that surface out of the blue that leave you wondering, “where did that come from”? Perhaps without much thought you unleash those emotions on those around you and reason that their actions provoked your response. After all, someone has to pay for the emotional pain that you’ve experienced.
Truth be told, many times we carry around the residue of old wounds and it taints our “perception meter”. As our perception is clouded and our emotions are demanding justice for the pain, we tend to throw daggers loosely at targets that were never meant to receive them. What could have potentially proven to be a healthy relationship is now tainted by those old wounds.
Nevertheless, it is important to come to the realization that enough damage has already been done by what we’ve experienced in the past. The enemy has gotten far too much satisfaction by the pain that has been caused. Furthermore, Jesus has already paid the price. It is past time that we receive the healing balm that He gives so freely and allow our current relationships to flourish and bloom as they were intended to do so.
Lord, I thank You for helping me to recognize that enough damage has been done by the painful experiences in my past. I receive the clean slate that you’re providing. I chose to let go of the ashes and receive the beauty that you have to offer.