through His Word
by Katy Kauffman
Each child’s heart is like a journal. The adults, teachers, and peers in a child’s life write on it. Kind words, playful words, or hurtful ones. Their actions jot down notes about the child’s worth and identity—you’re valuable or you won’t amount to anything, you’re needed or I don’t want you around, you can do great things with God’s help or you’re a failure before you start.
If we have negative words and actions written on the journals of our hearts, we may think that there’s no reversing it. No eraser can eliminate the stain. But God can.
When life has written worthless, forgotten, or shameful on our hearts, God replaces it with loved and cherished. When we allow Him to write words of truth on our souls and we accept that truth for ourselves, He calls us free.
Free. Four little letters that hold a world of hope and restoration. Free from muck, pain, and regret. Free from the tyranny of people’s opinions and society’s demands. In Christ, we are free to be loved and to love, to make a difference, and to show someone else they are valuable too.
God writes on our hearts words of love and hope:
“You are Mine” (Isaiah 43:2 NKJV*).
“I have redeemed you” (Isaiah 43:22).
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you” (John 14:9).
“In Me you may have peace” (John 16:33).
God lessens the pain of hurtful memories by building new memories with us—time spent with loved ones, understanding Scripture, helping others who are in need, and so on. God’s pen holds ink that can never be erased, not by time, or people, or trials. His promises are certain, and He keeps each one.
What Scripture verse do you want written on your soul? What words bring you hope and peace? Please share them in the comments below, and remember God treasures each of His children.
*All verses are NKJV.
© Copyright 2017 by Katy Kauffman
This post is a part of our Delighting in God’s Goodness series, which started in May and ends this month. We’ll have two more posts in the series, and then announce something new. Thanks for reading today!
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