It's time for closure
Closure is a beautiful possibility that you can experience. The Word says, "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter" (Proverbs 25:2).
People like disclosure and exposure, but the Lord likes closure. It is the higher way. It’s the rarified atmosphere of the Divine life, the road less traveled. Paul calls it “the more excellent way.”
The Lord is the God who covers.
In the wake of a great wrong done to us or by us, we are made to wonder if we can ever be made whole again. The answer is yes, we can, thanks to the Lord's gift of closure. It can’t be explained, but it can be experienced.
The hurt doesn’t have to hold us any longer. It won’t. It stops now. Many people have told me they wish there was a way to make their past be past. Well, there is. You can have the miracle of closure.
Closure doesn’t end the historical fact of such wrongs, but it does something else just as good: It ends the effect and pain of such wrongs. Closure is everywhere around us, just wanting to happen for those who know about it and accept it. Closure isn’t acquired, it’s received. If one cuts their finger, it closes on its own accord, if they let it. If you scratch a tree, it covers over, and so on.
I think some people misunderstand closure and inner healing in that they think it means they functionally won’t remember what happened. I know I used to think of it that way. But that’s not what closure means. It means it won’t hurt anymore and it won’t matter anymore.
And nice news…taking that posture actually ends up helping one to forget it as well. That’s because the very need to recall it will vanish. When the need to recall goes, so does the act 😊. The evil cousin of recall, which is regret, will move along, too.
I believe are we release wrongs done to us, we release ourselves. We aren’t always able to release the person who wronged us, because that may not be possible. Maybe the evil was too great, and we just can’t forgive them. Well, then just forgive it and its effect. You can’t do the impossible, just the possible. But that will be enough; you will be whole.
Even when we can’t forgive the person, just the desire to release the pain ends it for us – that’s all God is requiring. Once you’ve wanted it, you’ve done it. Desiring it is the same as doing it. There’s nothing more you have to do, except turn up the music.
Then, control your thought life. When a package comes to the door that you don’t want, you don’t have to sign for it. You can send it away. Someone else can have it. You don’t have to give it life anymore. Let it die under its own weight. As Solomon said, “Where there is no wood, the fire goeth out" (Proverbs 26:20).
Closure is not caused by emotion; emotion is caused by closure 😊. Closure is caused by decision and belief, and then emotion is the attending fruit of that decision.
So, maybe there are things in the past that you just can't tell anyone about. Well, you don't have to. It's not important anymore. It stops now. You just tell Him, and He makes it not matter anymore. You give it to Him. A letting-go will bring about a letting-in.
Jesus said, "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.” He meant that if nice is given out to others, nice comes back to you. But He also meant nice needs to be given by you to you.
Show mercy to yourself today.