Invisible Prison Cells

We can all agree that 2020 has been a year for the books. We have all been impacted by the lockdowns to one extent or another depending on the state we live in. For some who have lived in states with tighter rules, they have felt like they were living in prison within their own homes. 

There is a worse kind of prison than the lockdowns though. Many people live in invisible prison cells of their own making. Their prison cells confine them to a limited life. They may not even realize they are in prison because the cells and bars are invisible, but they are there nonetheless. Perhaps you are living in one at the moment.

Cell Block U is the largest cell block within this Prison System. Those who refuse to forgive someone or something that has offended them live here. Unforgiveness has affected most of us at one time or another and we were imprisoned until we were able to forgive those that offended us. Perhaps you are one who is living in Cell Block U at the moment.

Cell Block A is smaller but still has a significant population. Those who are angry all the time live here and their anger spills out on others as they pass by their cells. Much of their Anger may be related to Unforgiveness but until it is identified, they remain in this part of the prison system.

Same for those who live in Cell Block B. Bitterness reigns here and it repels those who come near those imprisoned by it. Their Bitterness may  also may be related to Unforgiveness but again, until it is identified, they remain in Cell Block B.

The Good News for all of us is that these cells are not locked, neither are the prison doors. We each can make a choice to let go of those negative emotions that are harming us and choose to live in freedom again. As we get ready to start the New Year, let’s take a look at our lives and where we are living. If we even have one toe in one of those cells, let’s get out. Let’s open those cell doors and refuse to live there any longer. We might not be able to change the Lockdown Rules that keep us imprisoned in our homes, but we can certainly change those things that keep us imprisoned in our lives. Let’s make a break for Freedom!

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22 thoughts on “Invisible Prison Cells

    • I believe forgiveness can be a process. Those that have wounded our soul most deeply have cut a deep swath. It takes time to heal. We forgive and we heal some, we forgive again as it comes to our minds and we heal some more. It’s like a deep gash. Sometimes the forgiveness is ongoing for some time. I know that I am close to total forgiveness when I can pray for that person and want the best for them….May the Lord Bless You as you continue the journey of forgiveness! 💖

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  1. Excellent post, Valerie; thank you. It really is central to our faith – His love shown in our forgiveness and our gratitude is to do the same. We might not feel like it, but it’s an act of obedience, not a feeling… as you say, we might need to do it over and over, but when we consider what He has done for us, it makes it much easier – especially cos He gives us the grace once we say yes!

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  2. Hello Valerie. People have become physically ill because they have become imprisoned inside an emotion. Emotions haunt and strangle and suffocates the normality of life. One story I recall about a woman having cancer and her husband leaves her. And at that point, her cancer disappeared. 🤔

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  3. I can believe it! I had a friend with terrible rheumatoid arthritis. After her husband died, it went away. We can never know the full effects of living with someone that is having a negative impact on our lives until they are gone!


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