“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Why do we as Christians sometimes allow a wall to grow in our lives?
Why do we sometimes find ourselves unable to speak to those to whom we
have previously shared our heart? The answer is simple. Something has
happened. We might know what it is or we might not. Whatever the wall,
we can't allow it to get bigger and stronger. The longer the time that
passes, the more hardened it becomes and
more difficult to pull down. We become paralyzed and unable to do
anything. Where fear resides, the Holy Spirit is unable to move. The
larger our wall, the harder it is to feel the presence of the Holy
Spirit, much less the freedom He wishes to impart.
Do you feel
that you are in this kind of bondage to your wall and to fear? God is
still with you. He is still your God. Maybe you have allowed the wall to
be bigger than your God. The best way to face your wall is to make the
decision that it must come down. Pray for the Lord to come into this
situation and take control. Pray for His guidance and freedom to talk to
that person. He understands more of it than you ever will. He is the
healer, and He knows what must take place.
Pray for His Spirit
to crucify any selfishness you have or any preconceived idea. Come with
an open heart and spirit to listen. Realize that no one is perfect.
Only the Lord. Be honest, and speak your heart in His love. Ask for a
heart softened by the Holy Spirit and be ready to admit it if you are
the problem. Ask for forgiveness, and also return that forgiveness
freely. Ask for a heart to understand what the other person wishes to
say, and remember that where the Holy Spirit is there is freedom. There
is an openness that the Holy Spirit blesses. If there is a wall between
you and someone else, you can't take down that other person's wall, you
can only take down your own. You can share in honesty, and pray that the
Holy Spirit will help the other person to realize that you are truly
sorry for whatever caused the division, and that you desire Him to
rebuild your relationship with His healing presence.
happens after you have made yourself vulnerable? After you have risked
all to take the wall down? The Lord God himself comes to you, and speaks
His peace to your heart. The wall which imprisoned you can be laid to
rest. Hopefully and prayerfully, the other one will experience the love
and freedom and healing of the Holy Spirit, too. But it not your place
to bring healing. It is only your place to love and be open with the
Holy Spirit living through you. And to love continually and always.
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