In the prison system of our mind and heart, are the people, the situations, the institutions that we hate. Every time we revisit the injustice we suffered at their expense, we add another bar of steel to the cell. Every time we reiterate why we HATE them so, we create yet another layer of bondage in our mind and the stench creates an invisible buffer of separation.
Negative reinforcements have a way of locking in the memories by chemicals emitted from emotions. The mind and body have a symbiotic relationship that walks hand in hand to create the person that is us.
The labyrinth of our mind is like a fortified city with walls and gates.
What is the dominant structure in your city?
Is the focus of your city the prison with its ominous stench defining your city?
Or is the focus of your city the beautiful structures of welcoming gates and bubbling streams and banks overflowing with flowers?
I feel in this season challenged to set the prisoners free. Grant pardons … even to those who don’t deserve it. Escort them out of my city to receive the judgment of the One who has the power to effectively deal with them.
Cleaning out the prison of my heart may or may not affect the prisoners. I am not going to let that concern me.
I am going to be concerned with the beautification project of my city – my mind, my heart.
It will be a city filled with light, with joy, with a pleasant fragrance.
It will be a city of hope.
It is a city that is welcoming and will be welcomed.
I want the city of my inner life – my heart – be known for being Jesus’s home.