A recent study conducted by the J.D. Powers and Associates put’s Detroit Metro Airport at the top of the list for airport satisfaction. One of the biggest areas passengers are pleased with is their baggage claim experience. This is really good news for Detroit travelers concerned about delays due to tighter airport security. Checking your bags is a necessary requirement before boarding.
Consider this: Wouldn’t it be ideal if the same rules applied before you were allowed to “jump on board” a new relationship? You must check your bags. Especially the big ones! Many single Christians desiring a mate, don’t realize that a major problem is that they’re carrying far too many bags from their past.
In Luke 5:37, Jesus shares a parable, “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.” In Philippians 3:13-14 Paul makes it clear that Christians should be moving forward and looking ahead, “Brothers, 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.”
For some, letting go of past hurts is not an easy thing to do. The deep wounds caused by traumatic experiences such as sexual abuse, abandonment, betrayal or the death of a loved one, can cut right down to the core of the soul. However, through the awesome, all encompassing love of God, even the weariest of souls can find solace and peace.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.” (Luke 4:18)
There are some steps you can take towards the process of checking your “bags” and losing the claim ticket!
“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:25)
3. Seek Godly counsel:
“Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14)
4. Pray, Pray, Pray!
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16)