release them

Posted: November 25th, 2010 | Filed under: life | Tags: | 4 Comments »

Letters, comments, tear filled words from broken and wounded hearts find their way to my soul.

There are so many injured by the careless words of those who are supposed to be our Family. The graceless treatment administered by those who should know better creates lesions no physical knife can match.

I know that pain and I feel it with you.

Here are my thoughts. Quoted from a direct response to one such broken and wounded heart:

The best advice I can give, especially in such a heartbreaking situation as yours, is to think of the times you know you were wrong. Recall the times when you so desperately needed undeserved/unearned grace. That may help you in your desire to offer it to others. I know, in my own life, that I could use the failures of others as a balm to my wounded soul, but that would be at their expense. It’s a balm completely independent of the salve that Jesus earned on a splintering cross. If we try to settle accounts outside of that truth, we will always alienate ourselves from the very thing that holds us together.

What looks as though is turned against you will be the very thing that teaches you about salvation. Don’t focus on sin to try to gain knowledge. Grace-bread wisdom is the only thing worth knowing. Focus on what you’re learning about yourself and God.

Release them. Just as you were released. Not because they’re right, but because Jesus is real.





4 Comments on “release them”

  1. 1 Sharon said at 4:57 am on November 25th, 2010:

    "…My chains are gone

    I've been set free

    My God, my Savior has ransomed me

    And like a flood His mercy rains

    Unending love, Amazing grace…"

    This brought me to tears recently. I am free from the chains of legalism its double standards. Praise God for his grace.

  2. 2 Sharon O said at 5:53 am on November 25th, 2010:

    This is the second writing I have received in two days about releasing someone who have hurt you. Interesting that God is tapping at the door of my 'hurt and wounded heart' and saying… let it go…they will never apologize from their heart and understand the wounding that they did. They won't. So move forward. Let it go and let them free from you waiting. I know you are hurting and so broken but it won't help you to stay like that… let it go.

  3. 3 Warren Baldwin said at 5:44 pm on November 28th, 2010:

    Great statement: "Grace-bread wisdom is the only thing worth knowing."

    Words do hurt.

    Can I invite you to a post I wrote a short time back? "Crafting Words."

    You have a great blog. I just subscribed. Plan on reviewing your book sometime. Will let you know when. Am starting a doctoral program and that is taking up a lot of my reading time now.


  4. 4 Serena Woods said at 6:28 pm on November 28th, 2010:

    'Crafting Words' is beautiful, Warren. Thank you for sharing it.

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