HEALING THE HIDDEN WOUND PT. VIII
I’m glad you chosen to be with me for this last segment of our series on “Healing the Hidden Wound.” My name is Terry, and we’ve taken quite a journey over these past seven sessions! We’ve moved from identifying and admitting your hurt, to being honest with God about your feelings, to forgiving the source of your hurt, and allowing God to bring healing to your life!
I want to begin this session with a couple of questions: How do you know when you’re being healed? How do you know when the process has started? One indicator that you have been healed is when you start wanting to let God use you to help others with the things you’ve been dealing with. The step of reaching out to help others is every bit as important as the ones that precede it, because we get well as we help others. It’s as if you take the pain you’ve experienced, and rather than let it go to waste, you redeem it, and use your experiences to help others! It’s allowing God to bring good out of bad! God’s heart is for us to help each other. The Bible says, in 2 Corinthians 1, “God comforts us every time we have trouble, so that when others have trouble we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us.” Again, in Galatians 6, the writer says, “If a person is trapped in some sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.” In using the word, spiritual, the writer means “those of you who are headed in the right direction.” It doesn’t mean you have to be perfect in order to help. But the writer goes on to say, “But watch yourself. You also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you fulfill the law of Christ.” What is the law of Christ? To love your neighbor as your-self; how do you do that? When you use your pain to help others, and you carry their burdens when they’re in pain.
Here’s the question: Do you want to start over? Do you want to get healed? Do you want to get free? Whole, happy, healthy? The Bible says this, “Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person; the past is forgotten, and everything is new.”
There’s a song called “The River”, sung by a wonderful singer by the name of Carman; the words of the song go like this: “It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been. It doesn’t matter what the scar. It doesn’t matter what the sin. Somewhere along the way there is healing for your life today. He looks beyond how far you’ve gone. He looks beyond when you were hurt. He looks beyond who stole your song. He looks beyond what made it worse. He looks beyond where others failed to reach out to you and say there is healing for your life today. There’s a river that flows from the fountain of God and it heals everything along the way. I have tasted and I have known that for every broken heart there is healing in Jesus’ name.”
I want you to know today that I’ve experienced, and I have seen the words of that song come true for many, many people. I also want you to know that it can be your song—today! Today can be the day that you experience the healing that God desires for your life. I urge you to take what we’ve talked about in these sessions, and try them for yourself. This is your day; it’s your hurt that God deeply cares about, and it’s your healing that He desires to bring to your life! Thanks for joining me for this series, and I’d love to hear from you at my e-mail address listed on the Website. I’m praying for you, and I desperately want to hear of God’s touch upon your life!
May God bless and keep you in the center of His will for your life!