For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds… Jeremiah 30:17
Someone once said that a scar doesn’t hurt, only a wound hurts. That is true. A scar is a wound that has healed; there is no more pain. You can touch it, scratch it, bump it, even pour medicine over it and it doesn’t hurt. A wound, though, is painful. If you touch it, bump it, or pour medicine over it, you will pull back in pain; it is tender and hurts. You can see a physical wound and are more likely to guard it; others can see it, too, and will show compassion and care to avoid causing you any more pain. But not all wounds are physical.
What about emotional wounds? They aren’t visible for everyone to see. Many times you can feel like you’ve been touched, bumped, scratched, and had medicine poured right into your pain. Most likely, the other person never even realized what he did. Yet, you walk away hurt, sad, and lonely; feeling like nobody understands or even cares. Everyone has probably felt this way at some point in his life. If you are in that place right now, I have some good news for you! There is someone who cares and understands, but more importantly, can actually do something about it. Psalm 30:2 says, “Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me.”
Have you cried out to Jesus for healing? Psalm 147:3 tells us that “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Jesus can turn that open hurting wound into a scar – that will no longer cause pain. This only happens when the wound has completely healed.
Sadly, this doesn’t happen overnight. But when you scrape or cut yourself, there is also a process, too. First, you must clean the wound. Then, a scab forms to protect the sore and start the healing process. Finally, the scab falls off and a scar takes its place.
The same is true for emotional scars. It is a process. First, you must go to Jesus so He can cleanse the wound. This can be painful at times, but it is also necessary. Just like with a physical wound you must clean it so that you won’t get an infection; the same is true for emotional wounds. Left untreated they can fester and cause bitterness in your soul. After that, a scab will form and you will know you are on your way to healing. However, just like with a physical wound, if it gets bumped or scratched, the scab can fall off and reveal the open wound once again. You may have to start the process several times before that open wound you have becomes a scar. But, know this, sweet friend, you are not alone and someone does care! Call on Jesus and He will tenderly bind up your wounds and bring healing to your soul!
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Write down any emotional "open wounds" in your journal and take them to God.
Lord, you are truly a balm to my hurting soul. Draw me close to You so that You can bind up my wounds. Amen.
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