Three roadblocks that hold you back spiritually

Forgiving others allows God to heal your hurtIn my hometown, there is a bridge. It’s not a big one, just long enough to cross over the creek below it. But it’s an important bridge because it connects one end of town to the other.

If you were to drive up to that bridge today, you will find it blocked, forcing you to turn around and take a different route. Luckily, it’s not a big town, and only takes a few extra minutes to do so.

This bridge has been closed for the past twenty years. The barriers are still in place and signs are still posted of its closure, but there is no need for them. No one drives up to it anymore. Everyone knows it’s closed and avoids it.

Sometimes we encounter roadblocks in our lives. We can put them there ourselves or someone else can. Either way, these roadblocks can make us stop and focus on the situation instead of on God who is waiting to guide us around these roadblocks.

Here are three roadblocks we often encounter:

Indulging in self-pity
When we encounter the roadblock of self-pity, we only think of our situation. The more we dwell on them, the more we are convinced we are suffering more than we deserve. We become unaware of the needs and sufferings of others.

Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Take your eyes off of the things that are hurting you, and put your eyes on the One who has promised to supply all your needs, and promises that those who trust in him will not be disappointed.

Refusing to forgive
When we refuse to forgive someone who has hurt us, we become bitter. It drains our emotional energy and can affect our health. More importantly, God cannot forgive our sins unless we forgive others.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Forgiving is more for us than it is for the other person because it allows God to work in us.

Comparing our situation to others
When we compare ourselves to others we become focused on what we do not have. We lose our gratefulness for what God has already given to us.

Galatians 6:4

Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves along, without comparing themselves to someone else.

The next time you encounter any of these roadblocks, ask God to work in you so that you will know how to detour around instead of starting at the situation.

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10 thoughts on “Three roadblocks that hold you back spiritually

  1. I couldn’t agree more with this statement: “Forgiving is more for us than it is for the other person because it allows God to work in us.” Amen to that. It is really hard to forgive a hurt, but with God in control, forgiving feels like a necessary step to continue to walk with the Most High. I’m so glad I read this today. Thank you for your encouragement, Jenny! Have a blessed week.

  2. What a great metaphor for the dead-end and destructive quality of these sins in our lives, Jenny. Thanks for sharing and I love the look of the bridge, even if it isn’t a working one! 😉

  3. HUGE road blocks, and I’m sad to say that I’ve encountered them all from time to time. Thanks be to God for His forgiveness and his power that moves me over and through and onto the road with Him!
    Blessings, Jenny!

  4. There’s so much power in forgiveness. Maybe that’s why it seems so difficult to offer at times. A good word of encouragement for our spiritual growth, Jenny. #intentionalTuesday

  5. Wise words found in this post. Powerful analogy you used as well. Just the way everyone ignores the bridge in your town, I wonder how often do we also ignore the roadblocks in our lives. May God help us to see anything in our lives which prevents our spiritual growth. So glad we were neighbors this morning 🙂 Blessings!

  6. Hi Jenny. Those are definitely roadblocks to spiritual growth. We do need God’s help to recognize them in our lives and His grace to stop staring at them! Keep on encouraging others with truth.

  7. I so agree with you. All three of these are biggies: comparing, indulging in pity parties, and unforgiving are reallhy major road blocks. I have trouble with forgiving in relation to one person. It is hardest to forgive this person. I am in a battle over this. thanks for sharing on Literacy Musing Mondays.

  8. Forgiving someone is telling God we trust him to take care of a situation and its effects – your post showed me that connection – I’m going to turn that thought over in my mind – I think a door has opened for me!

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