The Holy Spirit gave me these two words last night while I was eating supper. I had to look them up. I thought it had something to do with skin, but what is it really? Here is a doctor’s definition copied from the internet: Proud flesh is usually caused by a failure to heal. Here is another: tissue that fills the wound bed to a greater extent than what is required and goes beyond the height of the surface of the wound resulting in a raised tissue mass.
If you have ever been burned, the scar is proud flesh. Have you ever been burned in a relationship? One of my early ebooks is entitled: Reviving Burned Stones: rejection recovery. Rejection is very painful. It can create proud flesh, because the wound bed is filled with emotional pain.
As I read the various definitions, I immediately thought of the complexity of unforgiveness. The failure to heal is the failure to forgive from the heart. The emotional pain remains buried. It causes inner defilement. It filters into our thought processes. It blocks our spiritual growth.
Here are two verses to a new song called Womb of the Morning. Your words like oil penetrate the places in my heart that were hardened through fear. You say My child don’t be afraid. I’ve been there all along to shield and protect. Let go of that which you clutch so tight. That I might fulfill the deepest longings of your heart.
Don’t let the cares of this life choke out My words. Open your heart to hear the beat of My own heart. I desire oneness with you but I won’t compete with that to which you give yourself. I will but wait until you tire of your own pursuits. And nestle down in My love.
Anything that we have allowed to remain buried is a block to intimacy. First with the Lord, and then with those around us. We have learned to function, but the Lord has called us to thrive. Refusing to forgive someone who has hurt you opens the way for satan to build a stronghold. He steals from us by planting lies that we believe. He uses them to control us.
John 10:10 says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” The Strong’s definition for abundantly is: superabundance, excessive, overflowing, surplus, over and above, more than enough, profuse, extraordinary, above the ordinary, and more than sufficient.
Nothing is worth holding onto if it blocks intimate communion with the Lord. He has called us to His abundance. Why would we settle anything less? I wrote a tract once called Why Settle For Less? Psalm 34:9-10 says, “Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”
What do you lack? We cannot afford to hoard unforgiveness. It will destroy us from within because it cuts off God’s fulfillment. Are there folks you avoid, subjects you skirt around, or places you won’t go back to? They might be an indication of unforgiveness. Psalm 107:9 says, “For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” It is His goodness that brings us to repentance.