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We use a bandaid to cover up our wounds, scratches or scars. There are also emotional bandaids we use to cover up trauma, mistakes or broken hearts. When we use bandaids for physical wounds, there comes a time when we have to take it off and just let the injury finish the healing process. We don’t often think the same way for emotional wounds, but it is just as necessary to let them “breathe” and continue to heal without the bandaids. There are many who don’t want to let go and move forward, and many who are afraid of the pain that ripping off the bandaid may bring. However, the consequences of just covering up the pain without exposing it and moving on are tremendous. 

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:13-14

Apostle Paul uses the words, “forgetting” and “straining toward.” You can’t go further if you first don’t forgive yourself and the people who hurt you. You won’t become weaker by forgiving, but it’s the opposite—you are stronger when you forgive. The enemy wants to hold you back with your past, but remember the future belongs to God and only God! When you commit yourself to forgive and surrender, with the main goal to focus on God, you will begin the real healing process and inherit the prize which God has in store for you! Remove the bandaid and trust God!
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