man with suitcase

What are you carrying?  What’s in your suitcase?  Most people walk the road of life carrying some sort of baggage around with them every day.  Maybe you are one of those people.

The reason people carry around baggage is because they have been hurt.  Most people’s pain began in childhood when they were hurt by someone else who had been hurt and the cycle continues unless they get help.

Because pain hurts, people don’t won’t to feel, so they take recreational drugs, prescription drugs or drink alcohol to numb the pain.  They also build walls around their emotions and allow their hearts to become hardened, but the problem is you become unfeeling, lonely and isolated.  Hardness of heart is a horrible way to live.  In fact, you’re not living at all!  You become a dead man walking and God didn’t create you to live this way.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  John 10:10 ESV

The problem with pain is you begin to build walls around you.  Walls don’t allow you out, nor do they allow others in.  Have you ever met someone and they were just hard to get to know?  That person is afraid to let the walls down for fear others will hurt them.  They have been mistreated, betrayed or abused and are in self-preservation mode, determined no one will ever hurt them again.

Love is permission for someone to hurt you.  If I don’t love you, you can’t hurt me.  If I don’t value your opinion, you can’t offend me.  We can only be hurt by the ones we love and love is painful at times.

Read I Corinthians 13, which is called “The Love Chapter.”  The Apostle Paul explains how love acts.  No where in the chapter does he refer to love as a “feeling”, but culture widely accepts love as a feeling.  Love songs always refer to the feelings you feel when “you’re in love.”  So if we base our marriage relationships on “feelings”, we become fickle, because our feelings change moment by moment.  We can’t even decide what to wear or eat for breakfast most mornings, although I did have a woman tell me a few days ago, her husband has been eating waffles with cottage cheese on top of them every morning for breakfast since he was a teen.  Doesn’t sound too appetizing to me, plus I don’t see how he isn’t bored eating the same food every morning.

Are you living a life trapped behind walls of pain?  If so, it’s time to unpack your suitcase of pain, anger, bitterness, resentment, jealousy, negativity, sadness, depression, worry, selfishness, pride or whatever else it is your carrying.  You were meant to love and be loved.

The Bible tells us that perfect love casts out fear.  Christ’s love is perfect love.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:  because fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  I John 4:18 KJV

When we put our faith in God and in His unfailing love, trusting Him to take care of every situation, He will cause our walls of fear to come tumbling down.

Let love rule in your life again!  Choose to love.  Choose to trust.

Yes, you might get hurt, but let the love of Christ rule in your heart.

Fill your suitcase with God’s love and forgiveness and carry it everywhere you go!

The Voice


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