Do you have a storage closet in your mind that contains a box of difficult and hurtful words that were spoken to you? The words from a family member that made you feel you will never be good enough in a certain area. Or the words from a broken relationship that continues to cause pain. Maybe you have in your box the words from a job situation that said you were no longer needed or a friendship that has gone wrong.
When we experience painful words from others it leaves a wound in our heart that will continue to stay in the storage closet of the mind if we are not careful to clean it out. Is it time to clean out your closet? You might feel, “Oh that’s easy for you to say, you have no idea how much I have been hurt by words, how angry I feel or that I will never forget what was said.”
As long as you continue to store those words in your mind you will have an open door for the enemy to speak lies and condemnation to you. It will be one of the tools the enemy uses to keep you chained to the very words that were said to you and will pour into other areas of your life, other relationships and more importantly into your life with Christ.
Galatians 5:1 says, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Receive the freedom that Jesus has offered you by His life. You no longer have to be an emotional slave to the words that have hurt you or kept you in bondage. Begin by asking the Lord to heal the wound, the memory and the emotions of the hurtful words. God’s Word tells us that Christ has set us free so pray you will begin to receive and understand the freedom that is offered through Jesus.
It’s also important to forgive the person who spoke the words. This person might not be in your life any longer or you may be unable to speak to them about the hurt they caused, but you can still forgive them from your heart. Tell the Lord you want to Him to do a work in your heart and emotions to help you forgive and be set free from the pain, the words and the memories.
Don’t allow the enemy to continue to try and open the door. When the memories or the words come to mind refuse to think about them. Philippians 4:8 instructs us to think about things that are lovely, honorable and pure, that we are to dwell or focus on minds on what is true. Don’t keep going back to think about the words, but instead direct your thoughts to scripture. Concentrate on the words of life that Jesus spoke instead of the words of death from the enemy.
“… we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” II Corinthians 10:5