Reflection requires your willingness to be truthful, open and honest about the role and part you played in the situation (good or bad) so that you can move on from being a victim, to a victor. For example, after multiple warnings that undoubtedly became more glaring, you may have found yourself already too emotionally invested or emotionally attached, to make a change. You probably believed yourself more righteous by staying in the mess, continued to wallow in your circumstances and chose to accept and to mire in a situation that you believed would ultimately get better. Maybe there were other times, you simply ignored the signals all together, because they didn’t properly align with what “you” wanted and had chosen to do at that moment.
Reflection: A Cycle of Heartbreak
Yes, the first time we may have used the ignorance defense to explain away our role in our hurt and pain, but for so many, it has turned out to be a cycle of heartbreak. At the time, we thought that our plan seemed plausible. I mean, what could it hurt following after our heart. After all, we should know what is best for us. Proverbs 16:25 tells us that “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death”. Many of us have come to realize that the heart does lie and can so very easily be seduced and misled. I myself, gave my trust away willingly because I believed that all people were innately good and that they couldn’t possibly hurt me or do me wrong if I treated them the way I wanted to be treated. That, I learned to be a lie from the pits of hell as Jeremiah 17:9 states, “The heart is deceitful, above all things and desperately wicked: Who can know it?”
Our Choices Can Mean Our Life
Ignoring or confusing these signs is how we end up in situations that we have absolutely have no business being in. As a result, we end up battered, bruised and left scared emotionally and spiritually. Some then blame God for the consequences of their choices to feed their flesh, when it was God that was warning them not to. Unfortunately, this is what happens when we choose to follow our heart or flesh rather than heed God’s warning for our protection. My brothers and sisters there are more dire consequences of running through the flashing red lights that can mean more than just a broken heart, tarnished reputation or a bruised ego. Our choices can mean our life both in this world and the next so reflection can break the cycle of heartbreak and set us on the path to true peace.
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