Within the pain of correction is the hope of wholeness, and being whole gives freedom to the soul. The second time, while healing, the pain is temporary. The second breakage allows the crooked to be straightened out and it looks better afterward, too. Unlike the original breakage that we ignore, the pain is temporary the second time: That deliberate realignment has a goal to restore us with truth and healing in less time. When we choose to protect our pride and rather accept as normal a disjointed relationship -- just like a finger -- it will remain ugly, crooked, and hurting and always will have long-lasting consequences.
Hebrews 12: 11 NLT -- "No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening -- it's painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way."
Psalm 32: 3 NLT -- King David, "When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long."
Psalm 32: 5 NLT -- "Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, 'I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.' And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone."
Is there something broken in your life that needs mending? Do you want to be healed, restored and whole? Would you like to stop feeling guilty and do you want to feel happy? Follow the advice given in Hebrews 12: 12, 13 NLT -- "So, take a new grip with your tired hands and straighten your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong."
In other words, be a good example of grace, humility and mercy. You may just be the silent hero someone needs -- perhaps someone who is tempted to give up and is tired of living. Resolve to make restitution, to ask forgiveness of someone, or be forgiving to someone. Make the tough choice to endure for a season whatever pains you to restore order; to restore a relationship; to live without guilt or remorse or regret.
"But If we confess our sins to him, [God] he is faithful to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness." I John 1:9 NLT
Somebody needs to know they are loved -- tell them! Leave this world with nothing left unsaid.
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