We’ve probably all heard it, but “hurting people hurt people.”
Here’s what I fear though, we tend to prescribe this to badness, rather than brokenness. But not all hurting people are bad, they just tend to do bad things. However, if they felt God’s love, unconditionally, any bad they may be doing, might completely change?
Let me speak for a moment to those that are hurting.
Richard Rohr says, “If you do not transform your pain, you will transmit it to those around you.” You see, if we don’t allow God to truly, and fully, take our pains, then they will become our problems.
Please, don’t settle for that. You are NOT the mistakes you’ve made. So, don’t let those mistakes define you. For nothing you’ve done, or are currently doing, will ever compare to God’s best that He has for your life.
But you need to know, conviction is not comfortable. For me personally, I can’t think of one time when the Holy Spirit had been convicting me, that I enjoyed it.
However, if you’ll stop and think about it, discomfort can spur you into action, if you’ll surrender. And yet sadly, some don’t get that, and instead, respond to the Spirit’s conviction by lashing out – on themselves and others. Don’t do that.
Let me encourage you, change. God’s change is worth it. The first step is the hardest. But each step will get easier as He makes you better.