Embracing Our Divine Image: A Journey of Renewal, Healing and Transformation

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Guest Post by Madelaine Gomes

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In this life full of challenges, it’s easy to lose sight of who we truly are. We’re often caught up in the whirlwind of societal expectations, past traumas, and personal limitations. As we navigate through these challenges, it’s crucial to remember that we are more than just the sum of our experiences and the labels the world places on us. We are, at our core, created in the image of God, imbued with greatness and a unique purpose. However, realizing and stepping into this divine image requires a transformative journey of renewing the mind, releasing the past, and healing our wounds.

Renewing the Mind: Reclaiming Our True Identity
The mind is a powerful entity, shaping our perceptions, beliefs, and actions. Unfortunately, it is often cluttered with negative self-talk, limiting beliefs, and societal programming that obscure our true nature. Romans 12:2 urges us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” a process that involves reprogramming our thoughts to align with divine truths.

Renewing the mind means letting go of the false narratives we’ve internalized and embracing the truth of our divine heritage. It involves daily affirmations, meditation on scriptures, and intentional thought patterns that reflect our inherent worth and potential. As we renew our minds, we begin to see ourselves not as the world sees us, but as God sees us—capable, valuable, and destined for greatness.

Releasing the Past: Unburdening Our Souls
Our past, with its array of experiences and traumas, can be a heavy burden, anchoring us to places we were never meant to stay. These experiences, while integral to our story, do not define our future. Philippians 3:13-14 encourages us to “forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead.” This is not about erasing our memories but rather releasing their hold on our destiny.

Releasing the past involves forgiveness—both of ourselves and others—to set us free from all resentment, bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness.