As a church, One Community’s goal is to answer the real questions. We all know about creation, we all know about the Ark, we all know that Jesus died for our sins, but the heart of this house is to give real answers to real questions facing Christians all over the world.
One question people have: I know I have built walls to protect myself from hurt. What steps can I take to let people into my life again?
Imagine you’re walking to church, you slip on the ice, and you break your leg. You are now in a cast and you are now walking with crutches, you’re injured. Is that a permanent lifestyle for you? Are you permanently injured? Maybe in your heart, you’ll always remember that pain, but your body will heal if you take the right steps, if you get the cast put on and use the crutches and do all the right things, eventually your body will heal and you’ll be able to walk normal again.
And it’s the same in emotional injury. Yes you’re injured, you’re hurt, you’re damaged. But if you can work in Christ the process of wearing a cast on your heart, learn to walk with spiritual crutches for a season, that allows the word and the spirit of God to begin healing you. And eventually, you will overcome that injury and be found whole again.
But if you keep walking with a broken leg like it’s not broken, you do run the risk of doing permanent damage where your leg would never be normal again. And if you continue to take your damaged heart and throw it under the bus again and then under the bus again and then under the bus again, never giving it time to heal and recover, there is the risk that you can run to permanently damage your heart. And you become so hard and you so resist love that eventually love can’t get over your walls.
It takes time to heal. Just because you invite Christ into your life, which is a huge decision, that doesn’t mean the past years of your life are all fixed. Give yourself time, be patient, and go along with the process. If you’re fighting against the process, that cast is never coming off that leg. If the doctor or the therapist says keep your leg up, do it. Do what the word of God says. Make the right choices and be patient because God’s working at fixing us more than we think he is. But he’s not going to go against our will. But he’s into you having a whole heart, being healed in every way.
A lot of times, when I fell on the ice, it was nobody’s fault. But I’m still injured and I still have to go through the process. So there are times in relationships when you didn’t do the damage, the damage was done to you but it doesn’t change the healing process. You’re not exempt from needing to be healed and having your heart put in a cast and working on where you’re at with your life and your choices. How did I make those choices that got me into that place in the first place?
Ultimately, people always want to do it their way. That’s why they created Burger King, you got choices. These restaurants were designed to accommodate the will of the people. But when the doctor lays out a pattern and a prescription of healing to you and you Burger King him or her, there’s a good chance you’ll never get the results that you were supposed to get.
When you’re injured, when you’re emotionally hurt, this is not the time to have it your way. This is the time to seek counsel, to get a hold of the word of God, to start to understand how do I move from this damaged position to a position of wholeness because I have the opportunity right now to go from injured to healed.