Can you imagine having a gaping, painful, even a life-threatening wound and just ignoring it? No way! It would be insane to even consider walking around doing life as usual with an open and bleeding wound…and yet, believe it or not, this is what many of us do. No, we don’t go around bruised and bleeding outwardly, but inwardly, is another story. A sad story. A story that has to change if we are going to live the abundant life Jesus has for us.
Why do we feel we can’t or shouldn’t get the help and healing that we need for our inner soul wounds? I believe that many times we buy into the misconception that Christians “shouldn’t have those issues.” This mindset is a trap of the enemy to keep us from the very help and healing we desperately need.
The good new is, Jesus paid the price for our complete healing, body, soul, and spirit. Jesus bore it all. The blood of Jesus and the power of His resurrection provides our healing and restoration.
But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! (Isaiah 53:5)
Soul wounds can be the result of sin or trauma, in my case, a little of both. The world we live in today is a fallen world and at times a traumatic place to live. Even if we are born into good circumstances and had loving parents, painful events still occur and afflict our souls. We sin and others sin against us, knowingly and unknowingly, causing real damage and harm to our souls.
The sad reality of unhealed and untreated wounds, is that they fester! They become breeding grounds for germs and bacteria and possibly death and decay will take over. It’s similar with spiritual wounds. Left unattended by the love, power, and healing of Jesus, our soul wounds attract unclean spirits. These inner wounds are a beacon for torment and oppression.
I always thought, “It’s ok…I’m ok…I’ll just tough it out, ignore my pain, and look forward to eternity in Heaven. Well, thank God, I do have that to look forward to! Unfortunately, this mindset is so far beneath the quality of real life that Jesus died to give us. He does not want us to just hobble through this life barely making it, anxious, fearful, angry, bitter, and weak.
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness. (John 10:10)
Jesus wants us to have abundant life. Abundant life is not stuffing your stuff, ignoring your issues, and “faking” it until you make it. Abundant life is freedom and it came at an inconceivable cost, God’s own blood.
He heals the brokenhearted, binding up their wounds. (Psalms 147:3)