Our churches are filled with men and women who were assured that once they came to Calvary, they would never suffer again, ever. They come to church wearing masks, wondering what on earth they did wrong. They prayed the prayer, they cried the tears, their hearts were filled with unspeakable joy as they laughed and sang “I’m forgiven!”
Oh! There is nothing like forgiveness! Do you remember the day when you cried out to Him from the depths of despair, nothing but an orphan, tembling before God and... you found yourself caught up in God’s amazing love and amazing grace? Do you remember the joy you experienced when you realized you were no longer “fatherless” but you were a child of the King? Oh I do! I can’t tell you the day or the month but I can show you where. I can tell you it was a Sunday morning before Sunday school and there hadn’t been an “altar call”. Although I was only seven, I can tell you step by step how the Holy Spirit gently called me prior to that moment. That was 41 years ago and I have never looked back..
But I have to tell you, there have been heartaches and there have been wounds. As long as we live in this world, there are going to be heartaches and wounds. Some of these heartaches and wounds are very old and deep. They were there when we came to Christ. Someone told us they would be gone immediately. Perhaps some were but others... they’re still there... waiting. What did we do wrong?
Sometimes God instantaneously heals our broken hearts removing all traces of it ever having been broken. I will not deny that happens! At the same time, I believe that we as Christians must also learn to recognize that while we have been forgiven, while we are a new Creature in Christ, for one reason or another, God chooses to lead us on a path to healing.
I cannot tell you why. I am not God. What I can tell you, is He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. What I can tell you is we are His hands, feet and voice in this world. What does this mean? It means we are here to heal and bind up the brokenhearted, not just those outside of the Body of Christ but those who are within it.
If you are reading this and thinking to yourself, “Well if they were really saved they would...” I would like to challenge you to stop for a moment and do this... take a risk and ask God to show you if He has any wounded children within the Body of Christ. Don’t take my word for it! Ask Him! You will find you do not have to look very far. They are sitting in your church, they are here at CB and... they might even be looking back at you in the mirror.
We need to lay down our pride and say to our brothers and sisters in Christ, “I’m wounded” or “I need some help.” We need to lay down our pride and stop saying, “Well if you were really saved you...”. We need to drop our pride so we can extend our hands toward our broken-hearted brothers and sisters and say, “Here, this is sort of rough trail. Mind if we walk together?”
What a wonderful message dear sister. Oh my heart aches for Christians of all kinds and brands to understand that God's ways are not our ways as the prophet Isaiah said. What God does and when He does it is His privilege for He is the potter and we are the clay. If we could just throw down the pride that demands we know everything and have everything when we want it; we could enjoy the process of healing and molding our Potter employs with each one of us.
We are all different and God deals with each one of us differently as far as healing as well as raising us up. Our job is to trust and look to Him with full commitment that His will is the best for our life. Thanks for this wonderful and heartfelt testimony to our great God, the healer of broken hearts.
True! We all have wounds and sometimes they get hidden deep under the masks we wear. Bitterness, fear, unforgiveness, rejection, difficulty giving and receiving love, trouble trusting, self-condemnation, guilt, shame, difficulty fitting in, argumentativeness even, insecurity, striving, judgementalism, perfectionism... the list of wounding go on.
Sometimes these wounds causes us to react uncomfortably to stimulus that for others, may just roll off their backs. Our personalities become affected and Jesus would want to heal us and transform us. Most of us would have studied about Pavlov's experiment with a dog in our school days. It was said that Pavlov would ring a bell to signal that food was on its way. As time passed, the sound of the bell alone would get the dog salivating. This is widely referred to as a "conditioned reflex". The same thing happens to us with emotional stimuli. We have conditioned emotional reflexes. Something small, a passing remark, or a coincidental set of circumstances may set us off. For example a passing remark may be perceived as a slighting by a person who has been wounded by rejection.
If we find ourselves over-reacting in ways we shouldn't, we may need to take a step back and ask Jesus to show us why. Quite often, the Holy Spirit will prompt us to remember something in our past where the wounding occurred. When we know the when and how, it frequently takes forgiving to release ourselves from that captivity. A truth encounter and the realization of God's love is another way towards healing. Anyway, just my quick contribution to this discussion. Thank you for sharing this K, this is a subject matter that just gets me talking... and I better stop rambling already.
An excellent blog K! Thank you for sharing.