Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Read the passage again but this time let it sink down through your spirit.
Now, what do you feel? Did you feel a dark cloud hovering your spirit lifted up or you didn’t feel any change in your emotions at all? If you belong to the latter, let me expound and break the passage a little bit more.
Burdens are like baggages. Emotional baggage. Passing through an x-ray machine, you’ll find hate, resentment, bitterness, envy, indifference, anger and other evil thoughts. Together with this baggage is a carry-on of don’t-bother-me kind of attitude and a long sourpuss face. No wonder why you feel heavy and can’t live life with a lighter attitude. Do you have this kind of baggage in your life? If so, the quote above is your lifelong prescription to freedom.
Jesus is inviting us to bring all of our encumbrances to Him. We are not meant to carry our burdens alone. Sure, we have friends that we can talk to and vent-out all our pent-up feelings and have a pity party but it doesn’t offer a permanent fix.
All of us have been hurt in one way or the other and as a consequence we become hardened, bitter and store hatred in our hearts. Stored up bitterness eats us up slowly and overtime it affects our health. Cancer, heart disease and other illnesses have a root cause and believe it or not, it springs out from our hearts. Try to examine and analyze what comes out of your mouth and if you hear anything that is not pleasing, check your heart for the Bible says, Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. (Proverbs 4: 23-24). Your words reflect the condition of your heart. You might be able to control it at times but it will soon come out and your actions will reflect your inward thoughts and feelings.
Sure you’ve been hurt and have been mistreated and reason out that you don’t deserve such actions but so was Jesus on the cross who was beaten, mocked, spit upon and have been called with such derogatory remarks but His response was, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34). This is hard for us to follow which is why God provided the Holy Spirit who will empower us to do what we can’t do on our own.
Any hidden sin that you hold on to is like putting on the shackles on your neck, arms and legs that imprisons and a load of trash on your back. This is a self-inflicted confinement that can only be set free once you lay all impure thoughts and emotions on the hands of Jesus. Do not try to get even with your offender, take the high road and pick your battles for not all situations need to be addressed – some are just detours and irritants that are not even worth your time and attention. Let God handle all of your adversaries for He said in Romans 12:19, “Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine: I will repay.”
So here’s my work list for you today:
- Check your heart – see if there is anything that you’ve been harboring for all these years and lay it all to God in prayer
- Forgive your enemies and yourself
- Don’t do memory reruns of things done and said in the past
- Capture every ungodly thoughts and replace it with God’s Word
- Live life moving forward and leave the past in its proper place – which is in the past
- Fix your thoughts on what is honest, just, pure, lovely and on things of good report (Philippians 4:8)
- Receive the abundant life God has freely given you
On a final note, I will leave you with a song from the Disney movie, Frozen, entitled Let it Go.
Let it all go and live the best life.
Be free, my friend.