Col. 3.12 Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
When we read this verse, we realise that we cannot grow and develop as a child of God in isolation. We cannot practice compassion, gentleness, and so on without at least one other person to interact with us. In reality, we live our lives surrounded by people. Some of them are closer to us than others, but Jesus asks us to reach out to all of them with His love. Most of us struggle to do that effectively. We have difficulty in achieving the level of vulnerability and openness we would like.
What causes us to be so closed, so guarded, so unwilling to share things of any depth?
Experience has shown that some of this is caused by wounds and fears we carry with us all the time.
Wounds are things people have said and done which have affected us deeply.
Fears are of what people MIGHT say or do or think. All of these cause us to believe lies about ourselves, about others, and about the Godhead.
Because of this, we shut ourselves away, we hide, we fight, we flee rather than risk exposure.
How can we become openhearted? Next time we’ll look a little at some of the things which stop us from reaching out as we would like, and to pick up some tools which can help us to change our attitudes and beliefs about ourselves, to become more open and available to others.
Meanwhile, keep praying that God will open the eyes of our hearts so we can see truly…..