We’ve all heard the expression about “sticks and stones” and are fully aware that, while sticks and stones may break our bones, the reality is that words really do hurt us. In fact, divisive words may injure something more fragile than our body – they can shatter our hearts. Gossip, lies, backstabbing, and betrayals of all kinds create wounds from which some of us have yet to heal.
Unaddressed injuries such as these can cause a once soft and pliable heart to become calloused and hard. Over time, if we allow the pain to continue to fester beneath the surface, there’s a good chance that our bitterness and unforgiveness may completely consume us.
If we want God to open the door of healing for both our hearts and relationships, our first step is to humbly go (ascend) to our Father because… He welcomes a contrite heart!
“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise,” (Psalm 51:17).
No matter what relational difficulties we may be experiencing, when we ascend to our Heavenly Father and surrender our brokenness to Him, He is able to help us see what we cannot see and can strip away any pride or fear so that our hearts will look more like His heart. I confess that this isn’t always my initial reaction in times of conflict, but as I become more seasoned in my faith, I am learning to do this sooner and more often. What a privilege and blessing this has been in my life!
How about you? Do you struggle with going to God first in the midst of conflict? Let me encourage you that He brings hope in the midst of our trials, and His promises to us are sure. As we humble our hearts and receive His tender mercies, He will walk with us on the path of peace.
Up Ahead on “The Path”…
What is our responsibility and calling as peacemakers? We’ll take a look at this in the coming weeks. As always, thanks for reading and sharing The Path of a Peacemaker blog! Click here to learn more about Peacemaker Ministries.
Dale Pyne – CEO, Peacemaker Ministries
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