Our True Colors: The Yellow Garden (Part 2)
The leaves on most hardwood trees are green during the spring and summer. As they produce food the chlorophyll causes them to appear green, but when the growing season is over, the green color disappears and the true colors of the leaves, which were always present but hidden under the green, are finally revealed. This pattern in nature symbolizes our experience as followers of Yeshua. In our lives in the physical realm, we are toiling, often while enduring trials, attacks and hardships of various kinds. Our bodies and our souls can become scarred and marred. We lose sight of who we are in Yeshua. However, as we die to ourselves and yield to Yeshua, our “true colors” are revealed. This article is the second in a series of eight articles entitled “Our True Colors”. It is based on revelation I received in my daily excursions to Heaven. It is my sincere hope that you will find comfort and encouragement in this series.
As is the case with many others, I have experienced decades of heartache, rejection, loss, and pain. I recently experienced encounters with Yeshua where He removed my pain and the false image I had assumed was my identity. He replaced the lies with what I now call my “true colors”. In Heaven there are many gardens, lakes, rivers, and so on, but in this series I will focus on eight gardens that surround a beautiful lake. Each garden has a predominant color and can be used for healing specific types of soul wounds. Each time I visited a garden, I saw different things. Sometimes there were different flowers, or I might see birds or butterflies or gemstones. The gemstones were sometimes scattered loosely on the ground. At other times they made up a path or even a piece of furniture, such as a chair or table. Each thing I saw, smelled, tasted or felt addressed a specific need. Sometimes there is fruit to eat, water to drink or even a special drink that Yeshua Himself makes for your healing. He makes it from the flowers and plants in the garden.
In the yellow garden there is much to learn about forgiveness. When someone has hurt us or done wrong to us, our soulish nature wants to strike back. However, from Yehovah’s perspective things look much different.
To forgive means to rise above the hurt to a higher plane. When we harbor bitterness and resentment against another, we invite the darkness and thus the enemy to wreak even more havoc on us and on the person who has offended us. In resentment or retaliation, we don’t really further our own cause, but rather the cause of the enemy whose mission is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). When we choose to forgive (and this takes courage and self-discipline), we banish the darkness and let in the Light. Now healing can begin for both of us. …bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive (Col 3:13).
We are often tempted to speak against and about the one who hurt us. When we do so, we are speaking curses and bondage over that person. The person will be empowered to do us or someone else even greater harm. Thus, the kingdom of darkness advances rather than the kingdom of Light.
When we harbor resentment and bitterness, it affects our ability to love others. We are more susceptible to lashing out at not only the person who hurt us, but at innocent bystanders. Our words or actions against others may very well cause them to lash out to those they encounter. Thus, the cycle of darkness and evil continues. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Pet 5:8).
Many people see extending forgiveness as letting another get away with something. This is not true, for they are still accountable to our Father, the Judge. When someone offends us, we have a choice to make a bad situation worse or to turn things around for the good.
Once you have forgiven another, do not let the enemy re-introduce the painful memories. As soon as you are aware of them, cast them aside and focus on the love of Yehovah. Recite memory verses or read Scripture. Do not give in to the desire to nurse wounds that have already been healed. If you feel that you are not completely healed, take the matter to Yeshua, who will be delighted to provide further healing to you.
It is also important to ask forgiveness for our sins against Yehovah and against one another. Having a clean slate, so to speak, provides much less opportunity for the enemy to infiltrate and attack. For whatever we do to the least of our brothers, we have done to Him. (This is the flip side of Matthew 25:40.) We also need to ask forgiveness of others when we realize that we have offended or harmed them. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift (Matt 5:23-24).
Sometimes the one we need to forgive is ourselves. For many of us, this is the most difficult, but just as the first article, “The Purple Garden”, discussed, we are to throw off the guilty feelings after we have been forgiven. When we refuse to forgive ourselves, we get the same results as when we refuse to forgive another. We shroud ourselves in darkness rather than light. Instead of becoming more like Yeshua, we become less like Him. We open ourselves up to the enemy.
When you forgive someone, it does not mean that you deny your wounds. Do not stuff down your pain, but rather acknowledge it to the Light (Yeshua), who will bring healing to you. Then, pray for the one who hurt you, for that person most likely was acting out of his or her own brokenness. If that person is healed, then it is less likely that he or she will hurt you or anyone else in the same way in the future. Thus, you are helping to build the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. This is what Yeshua did when He was crucified. He, suffering extreme pain and injustice, chose to forgive His killers, so that His tormentors would have hope of His Light entering their dark souls. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on His right and one on His left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:33-34.)” For Yeshua, who is the Son of Yehovah and above all of us, this took humility. We are called to extend the same kind of humility and forgiveness to our enemies so that we are advancing Yehovah’s kingdom on earth.