Hey, Trish back with you for another day of study!
If you’re anything like me, you may have just cringed a little over today’s title — ha! Not to worry, though, I’m not talking about the broom sweeping, floor mopping kind of cleaning. I’m talking about digging deep and doing some soul cleaning. The type that allows our inner light to sparkle and shine.
Okay, let’s be honest. Any type of cleaning requires a certain mindset. Taking a look at our inner “yuck” requires an open mind and heart. It also requires us to see ourselves as our Heavenly Father sees us, because seeing ourselves as anything less dulls our shine.
One of the hardest things I’ve ever done is forgive myself. My past was messy and it made my whole body hurt. I felt it was my place to take on my hurt AND everyone else’s in my destructive path.
That’s a lot of burden for one person to bear.
Maybe you’ve held that burden, too? If so, can I encourage you to lay those burdens down? Forgiveness is for everyone, including you! Read that last sentence again...
Forgiving myself didn’t happen overnight, though. It’s a messy process that takes time. One in which I filled buckets with tears and heartfelt sobs.
Yes, forgiveness is truly a cleaning like no other. But as I allowed God’s Truth to replace the lies that filled my head, I began to see exactly what author Tracie Miles meant when she said:
“Peace and joy cannot reside where shame, regret, and guilt are living."
Shame, regret, guilt ... These enemies are bad enough on their own, but put them together and this trio can weigh a gal down and make her feel lackluster. And oh how it makes my heart ache to know we can so easily get tangled up in the enemy’s shenanigans. But friend, loving our life again means peace and joy must take up way more space than our self-defeating talk.
So, are you ready for some deep soul cleaning? I can’t promise the process of forgiveness will be easy, but I can promise it’ll be worth it.