There is a reason the saying ‘physician heal thy self’ is still around. It is because it is within each of us to heal our broken parts. If we hold tight to the things that hurt us we will never find a way to heal. If we never find a way to heal, we won’t be open to joy, and could miss out on some very happy moments.
In order to find joy, you must release the pain from your past. You must forgive. In other words, you need to reconcile the pain in your past. Letting go of the pain doesn’t mean we let go of everything. There are happy memories associated with a person, place or item. Keep those and throw the rest in the garbage.
Give your pain to God, and he will take care of it. Once you give your pain to God, you must trust that he will carry it for you.
Trust in him at all times you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
Taken from the book You Were Made to Shine.