My prayer for you as you read this week’s blog is that the Holy Spirit will minister to you and bring divine healing.
I have been thinking about the way in which our body repairs itself. Cuts, whether deep or shallow, go through a process. Scar tissue becomes fibrous and replaces normal skin. When we damage the soft tissue, whether internal or external the body takes control and begins healing the wound. Deep scars take a long time to heal and rarely disappear totally. Shallow scars take
different times to heal, some go completely others leave a faint mark that gradually fades with time. Healing is dependent on the initial physical damage and can be aided and hindered by what is going on within the body itself. The scars, regardless of depth take on a different form and have a permanent weakness.
I got to thinking about the deep and shallow hurts that we get on a daily basis. Words of condemnation, thoughts of failure, shame, accusations both false and justified and so the list could go on. These wounds are rarely seen on the surface but they are as dependent on our ability to heal emotionally and spiritually as our physical healing. They open a door to weakness,
susceptible to further scarring.
There is a saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. Amazingly this was first recorded in a Christian publication in 1862, the meaning of which we know suggests that one should remain calm and not respond to words. The issue with words has been long term, Jesus had the perfect response (Matthew 27:12, Luke 23:10) which reinforces the sentiments in the saying. Yet it cannot be denied that words cause hurts and as
such we need to look to the scripture for the source of healing so that scars do not form
hindering our walk with Jesus and our fellow humans.
Jesus gave us the perfect way to heal emotional and spiritual scars completely so that they do not hold us back from fulfilling the higher purpose to which we have been called. “At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, "Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven ?" Jesus replied, "Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21 -22
Deep or shallow, Jesus does not want scars to be a weakness in our walk. I know that the Holy Spirit will bring revelation of scars that He wants to bring healing to; I would encourage you to take time now to listen to God’s still small voice. Now is the time for restoration, for the weaknesses to become strengths. Forgiveness, first and foremost allows the wounds to be healed. Forgiveness towards the accuser, forgiveness releases the hurt, forgiveness releases the pain.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Tina Russell-Mott ( @AgapeTina )