Good morning [subscriber:firstname | default:Beloved],
I would like to share with you the scripture of Luke 6:45 and put a special emphasis on bad treasures. According to this scripture, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”.
A person’s heart is a store or deposit for any memory or feeling that he/she would like to keep or protect. When he/she has been marked by a happy event, he/she has a good memory of it and according to Luke 6:45, it reflects on his attitude, his behavior. In the same vein, any negative feeling or event in his/her life would cause him/her to act badly, unfortunately.
As I told you recently in my exhortation on divine priority, the significant events of your life play a part in determining your orientation. Thus, when you store up negative life’s events in your heart, it will affect your life, make you moody and disrupt your future. It all depends, evidently, on how you deal with these events and occurrences in your innermost self.
Joseph was betrayed by his own brothers who sold him as a slave to merchants. However, he made the decision not to keep this unfortunate event in his heart and not to be bitter. This positively affected his behavior towards the people around him and eventually led him to become Prime Minister of Egypt. “But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life” (Genesis 45:5), he would later say to reassure his brothers who feared that he would seek revenge.
What has marked your life, beloved? Is it rape? Failure? Loss of a job? An accident? Domestic or childhood abuse? The loss of a loved one? A heartbreak? Betrayal by a loved one? An offence? Don’t let this negative event stop you! Don’t keep it in your heart like a secret, like a bad treasure. A treasure is valuable when it is hidden from sight, but when it is exposed in public, it is no longer a treasure.
Great sorrows are silent, as said in the world. It is a bad saying. Don’t pretend that nothing has happened. Decide to expose the bad treasure buried in your heart. The best way to face this situation is to open yourself up and talk about it first to God and then to your loved ones (your pastor, your brother or sister in the Lord, your best friend, etc.), according to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Not doing so would be like burying it and giving it the opportunity to spring up and infect your heart (Hebrews 12:15). “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life”, the Word of God tells you in Proverbs 4:23.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials”, it is written in James 1:2. Imitate Joseph! Above all, imitate Christ who did not want to keep in his heart all that he suffered on the way to Golgotha so that you and I might be saved. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do”, He pleaded instead (Luke 23:34a).
Know that the Holy Spirit is the Comforter par excellence. The Lord wants to comfort you in all your afflictions so that you may comfort many (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). So don’t stop: expose this evil treasure and move on! You will see the glory of God!
May God bless you!