16 Submitting Wounds of the Heart and MindPosted: April 20, 2012
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hears be troubled, and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Longing for love and not feeling it drives our perfectionism. We seek to make ourselves lovable by earning it. To let go of perfectionism, we need inner healing for our hearts. When we feel pain and other negative emotions, we can receive inner healing by submitting our wounded hearts and minds to the Lordship of Jesus.
Submitting them involves feeling the pain and looking to Jesus. We see Him smiling. We feel His touch. We hear Him saying, “I love you.” and, “I give you my peace.” We choose to believe Him rather than the pain of the wounds. We surrender them to His Lordship.
Submitting wounds of the heart and mind takes time and effort. We will encounter resistance in the process. You may not find any benefit from submitting your wounds at this time. We will pass along other ideas in future e-letters, which work alongside this one.
The following illustrates submitting wounds of the heart and mind:
My mom died when I was eight and a half years old. I felt abandoned and unimportant. I heard about God’s love, but doubted Him. In the here and now, I trust God and sense His love for me. Recent events reminded me of my heart wounds. I experienced again the pain of feeling unimportant. I gave my pain in prayer to Jesus and asked Him to take Lordship over the place in my heart where I feel this pain. I felt His love pushing into my pain. The pain did not instantly disappear. I felt the tension between His love and my pain. I felt His love gradually begin to burn away my pain.
In process of submitting,
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