Captive Hearts


But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. — John 17:13-17


Gracia Burnham penned these words, "I knew that I had a choice. I could give in to my resentment. . . or I could choose to believe what God's Word says to be true whether I felt it or not," she didn't mean them lightly. She had been held captive in a jungle by terrorists for over a year—on the brink of starvation, without modern conveniences, stripped of all freedom and privacy. She recognized that she was held doubly captive—physically and emotionally—if she allowed herself to become angry and to resent her captors. She chose to trust God, knowing that even this horrible circumstance was in his good and perfect plan for her life. She chose to let God work in her rather than putting up walls of bitterness.

What is it, beloved, that is causing you hurt, bitterness, resentment? You have a choice. You can give in to those feelings or, like, Gracia, you can choose to believe that what God's Word says is true, whether it feels like it or not.

One choice leads to captivity, the other to freedom.


God, help me to give up my resentment and bitterness. I want to be free.