Walls, I’ve decided, are dangerous.

Walls serve a purpose, yes.  They create a boundary and shelter us from storm and attack.

But walls can turn on us and serve us badly.

They keep good people out and distance us from healing.

Walls hinder progress and growth.

They restrict.

Walls make us a prisoner of our own making.

Walls keep us captive along with our pain and the things hiding in the dark.

We hide from each other.  We put walls up to keep us apart, to build a facade.  It’s part of our fallenness.

The danger of the wall is that it misrepresents us. What other people see is a lie. It’s not who we are or who we were born to be.

We need to realize that God loves us just the way we are right now, and His love for us will never diminish.  He loves the inside part of us.  He loves the broken places and has plans to heal and restore.  He loves us regardless of our flaws and our pain.  There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ.  No past, no present, no future, no falling, no sin, no mistake, no thought, no word, no action.

We need to take a deep breath, stir up courage and invite someone into the inner part of who we are.

We need to open the gates wide and let good people in, who want to help us walk free.  We need to open wide the gates to let God in, who is the One who can empower us to walk truly free.

We need to sometimes take a hammer to our pride and our fears and let the love and grace of God flood over us, washing us, freeing us, restoring us.

Don’t let your wall become a comfortable place to hide instead of choosing freedom.

Will you take the wall down today?

One brick at a time. Freedom is worth the risk.