HEALING THE SOUL WOUNDS WITHIN

 

Broken heart with bandaids by Idea Go

I pray you had a blessed Christmas holiday filled with love, peace and joy.  Unfortunately, many people are saddened at holiday time because of soul wounds caused by rejection, loneliness, loss of a loved one, and/or family or relationship issues. If you are dealing with a soul wound that is causing you emotional difficulty, or know someone that is challenged in that area, the information I am sharing here may help.

First of all, you may ask, what is a soul wound?  A soul wound results when our emotions are injured in our interactions with others (whom the devil may be working through, I might add). These emotional wounds are mainly a byproduct of our erroneous thinking. When we know who we are in Christ, we will be less likely to be wounded emotionally. That is why we need to strive so diligently to know our true identity.

Today, my goal is to give you some encouragement. You can be healed of whatever is keeping you from being your best self, that which is attempting to keep you from fulfilling your destiny. If you want to be a better you in 2018, there are several things you can do to facilitate the healing of your soul:

  • Forgive those who have hurt you. In the parable of the ungrateful servant in Matthew 18:21-35, Jesus relayed that the servant who would not forgive was being turned over to the “tormentors.” That means if we do not forgive, we too will end up in emotional torment. Forgiveness is the spiritual antibiotic that will certainly facilitate the healing of your soul,
  • Love, bless, pray for and do good. In Luke 6:27-28 we are commanded by the Master to treat our enemies in specific ways. When we do what Jesus instructed, this is evidence that we have forgiven, and also our obedience releases the power to heal our emotional wounds.
  • Identify and replace the lies of the enemy. Soul wounds result when the enemy deceives us into thinking less of ourselves because of what has happened, or what other people have said or done to us. When we identify the lie and replace it with the truth of God’s Word and what He says about us, healing will come forth, and we will be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).
  • Focus on helping others. When we have been emotionally wounded, we can choose to nurse our wounds, focus on ourselves, and have a pity party, or we can get our minds off of ourselves and help someone else. This is not to say that we should run from our pain. But when we focus on the needs of others, we will heal faster if we “trust in the Lord and do good” (Psalm 37:3).
  • Confront the person who hurt you. Matthew 18:15 says, “If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.” The healing process will often be expedited by telling those who have hurt you how you feel and giving them the opportunity to make amends.
  • Confess your hurt to someone you trust. Paul said in James 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” Talking to a trusted friend or a good Christian counselor, as well as prayer for the perpetrator, may be what you need to help to heal your broken heart.
  • Saturate yourself with the presence of God. By meeting with Him daily in an established quiet time, you can be healed and transformed. Psalm 16:11 says, “In His presence is fullness of joy.”  God says He is close to the brokenhearted, and He binds up our wounds (Psalm 34:18). If you want the wound in your soul to be healed, you must slow down and put yourself in position to receive His healing touch.

Jesus died so that you can be healed, healthy and whole. Therefore, don’t allow the enemy to get the best of you. If you will go into 2018 with the intent of becoming free of emotional baggage and do what the Holy Spirit instructs you to do, you can have a happier New Year, and 2018 will be one of your best years ever.

Have you been resisting God’s instructions about what to do to facilitate the healing of your soul? What do you need to change in 2018? Please leave a comment below.

 

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HOW TO KNOW IF YOU ARE WALKING IN FORGIVENESS

Forgive or punish by Stuart Miles

Every day we have many opportunities to be offended, don’t we? God commands that we forgive people seventy times seven (Matthew 18:22). That means we have to be willing forgive infinitely. We have to forgive every time. That’s hard, isn’t it? But it’s the Bible.

That being said, I wanted to talk about how to know if you have really forgiven those who have hurt you. At a woman’s meeting I attended just the other day, I heard the speaker, Rev. Tracy Barbie say, “Forgiveness is a decision, but the healing of your emotions is a process.” I totally agree.

So how do you know if you have really forgiven them? Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do I refuse to retaliate against the person for the wrong they have done to me as Jesus refused to retaliate against those who crucified Him?
  2. Have I let go of my desire to see that person punished as they deserve as God refrained from punishing me as I deserve?
  3. Have I stopped pursuing restitution from the person, or requiring them to pay me back for what I lost, and canceled the debt they owe me?
  4. Am I looking to God, not the perpetrator, to repay me and provide restitution for the pain and loss I have suffered?
  5. Am I trusting the Holy Spirit to heal my negative, painful emotions, recognizing that those feelings are not a sign of unforgiveness, but a soul wound that needs to be healed?
  6. Do I feel at peace with allowing God pay them back for what they have done, and administer justice if, when, and how He sees fit?
  7. Am I willing to love, bless, pray for, and do good to the person who has hurt and/or offended me in spite of my feelings?

If you can truthfully answer “yes” to the questions above, then it’s safe to say that you are walking in forgiveness. When you walk in forgiveness, you will avoid sickness and disease, torment in your soul, hindered prayers, and soul wounds that fester, remain infected and refuse to heal. There are so many benefits to forgiving those who have hurt you. Therefore, if you are currently struggling with a forgiveness issue, why not do yourself a favor and let them off the hook today? Let 2018 be the year in which you get rid of those things which weigh you down so you can run your best race (Hebrews 12:1).

 

What are your thoughts about forgiveness?  How do the above questions apply to your life? Please leave a comment below.

 

I’d love your help spreading the word about my books, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth and The Exceptional Man: Love Poems and Inspirational Writings Celebrating Godly Men and Great RelationshipsClick here to find out ways you can help.

Would you like to receive your FREE e-chapbook entitled, Your Faith Has Made You Whole: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual Transformation, by Tracey L. Moore? Go to www.traceylmoore.com and subscribe to the email list.

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