I have been giving some thought as to why problems we think we have released sometimes spring back up again. I believe it is because we think in regard to our hurts and pain, “A good Christian would not feel this anger, hurt, etc.” so we push the situation away in our consciousness and never really face it. We may just deal with it on the surface but not really go to the root.

In my experience it is important to bring the pain to the light by talking it all out before your heavenly Father in prayer. Tell Him every detail and every disappointment you are experiencing related to the situation. Have a “pity party” with Him. This step is often missed or cut short; therefore, we are not able to release the pain because it has not been fully exposed to the light.

A word picture came to mind that helped me understand how this works. In the world we live in roots of any plant left in the dirt continue to grow. If they are only cut off and not pulled up they grow right back. The dark dirt is the perfect environment for the root. If we pull the plant up with the root and throw it aside it dies. Drawing a spiritual parallel if the roots of hurts and pain that we experience are pulled up and held up to the light of Jesus Christ they die for lack of nourishment in the dirt. They are in the light. Just as the plant in the natural does not continue to grow if pulled up so the root exposed to the light of the Lord, Jesus Christ will not continue to grow.

Colossians 2:7 tells us we are to be “rooted and built up in Him.” And Hebrews 12:15 encourages us, “See that to it that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

If you desire to grow in Christ, I encourage you to check your roots.

© Peggy Park

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