“Jericho was tightly shut up.” Joshua 6:1 NIV
Joshua says: “Jericho was tightly shut up…No one went out and no one came in.” Do you have “Jericho syndrome?” Are you on an emotional lockdown? Are you fearful to reach out or let anybody in? Are you guilty of building a wall up so high that nobody can get in? If your not careful, the very wall you built can imprison you, and everybody else around you.
Do you start every relationship in Jericho? Did you say, I’ll trust you when you prove yourself trustworthy. I’ll open up to you when I know you wont hurt me. I’ll be your friend, your lover, your husband, your wife, but I will still keep walls up? You can be in a relationship with someone and be disconnected from them because you build walls of anger, fear and distrust? Remember love looks for the good 1Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV. It doesn’t say anything about expecting the worst. What good is it to look for the best if your going to always be expecting the worst?
Maybe it’s time for an exorcism! Maybe it’s time to dismiss the ghosts of yesterday. That is if you ever want a real future for tomorrow. I know forgiving is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do. But it is a pre-requisite for a peaceful life. Remember how many times Jesus said we should forgive a brother or sister? “Seventy times seven”. Release your past to God. Stop investing so much time in building walls and start spending more time sounding the trumpet of forgiveness so those walls might fall.