Each of us has memories from our past stored in our subconscious minds. For some there are good memories, for others, there are painful memories that keep coming back again and again.
At the heart of painful memories are three things:
First, there is hurt and pain. At the heart of our hurt is a sense of rejection. The more significant a person is, the greater the hurt. The story of Joseph in the book of Genesis teaches us how hurtful a family can be. Joseph was betrayed by his own family!
Second, there is fear. Fear produces anxiety. Our fears are rooted in poor relationships, unhealthy teachings, and bad experiences in living life. The Bible teaches us that unhealthy fear paralyzes, while healthy fear produces healthy people. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7).
Finally, there is resentment. Unchecked resentment leads to hate and then to bitterness. Remember a sick mind will make for a sick body! Paul says, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.” (Ephesians 4:26, 27).
There comes a time when we have to process our anger, resentment and bitterness before it destroys us. When we address our past the healing of our memories will restore normalcy once again.
Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. email@example.com