Hurt locker is a term for a place of deep pain and discomfort. To be put in the hurt locker signifies that something profoundly troubling or painful has happened to you.(

As followers of Jesus, how you and I respond when others hurt us says volumes about the genuineness of our faith and the depth of our relationship with God. Freaking out and losing our cool may not be the best way to respond. Remember, self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) We should be mature enough in Jesus to “act” and not “react” to life’s discomforts. God’s love guides us to be measured in our responses, even toward our enemy. (John 13:34-35; Matthew 5:43-48) In all honesty, our responses are often measured by our circumstances and the relationship surrounding us in those moments. 

Now, because evil is irrational and, therefore, by its very nature, often does not make sense, when people do horrible, hurtful things to us and others, answers are often few and far between as to why. So, you are not crazy when your hurt seems confusing. I have been there, and so have most of you. We have been marred by someone else’s transgressions, sin, or iniquity, which is painful. Sometimes it is someone close to our hearts and at other times a stranger.

Here’s the thing about sin we need to remember, sin affects us in three ways. There is a sin done by us that hurts us and those around us. Never forget that. You do not live in a vacuum; you live in a community, and we must own our stuff. Then there is a sin done to us by someone else, whether with purpose or ignorance; it can still break our human spirit. These are times we need to seek to restore relationships when we can but remember this takes both parties to submit to God. Finally, there is sin done in our presence that defiles us. This is where 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” There are two actions, the forgiveness of our sins and the cleansing of the unrighteousness done to us. Remember, “…and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7b)