7 ways to heal your injured heart

You may be wondering if healing is really possible. Whether it is physical, emotional or spiritual healing, we are all desperate for relief. 

1. Ask God why

"My God, my God, why did you abandon me? (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34).

Jesus knew the heart and mind of God. He didn't need to ask why. But Jesus was also a man. He felt pain just like us. It is heartwarming to know that when he suffered the most he had to ask "why?" ".

By asking why, Jesus gave us permission to bring our difficult questions to God. Because he asked why, we don't need to be ashamed of our own doubts and fears. God is not angry that we need more answers. In fact, our tough questions may be what brings us closer to him.

If you were standing before God right now, what would you ask Him?
Satan controls what we keep hidden in darkness, but when we bring our wounds to the light, Satan no longer has power over them. Jesus is the light! When we recognize our pain, He begins to heal us. So ask him!

2. Choose forgiveness

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. (Luke 23:34)

As they were still driving the nails into His hands, Jesus said aloud, “Father, forgive them. He refused to let any bitterness take hold. I suspect He was teaching us that the sooner we forgive the better.

Maybe someone who was supposed to protect you hurt you, abused you, destroyed your safety. You may think that it is impossible to forgive. You are right ! I don't think we can forgive on our own. We must ask God our Father to help us.

3. Share the gospel

“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Heaven. (Luke 23:43)
One of the criminals hanged next to Jesus on the cross understood that his sin was to blame for his problems and that Jesus was his only hope. He said, “Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom. And Jesus responds, "I will do more than remember you, I will be with you."
While he was dying, Jesus intended to save others. He shaped for us what it is like to take care of others in the midst of our own suffering.
Your pain gives you the right to be heard. When you share the gospel, your pain has a purpose. What if your temporary earthly pain could forever change someone else's heavenly reality?
Who could you share the love of Jesus with today?

4. Protect your mind

“Father, I commit my spirit to your hands. (Luke 23:46)
It wasn't just a phrase Jesus said because he was dying. He quotes a phrase that Jews used to say daily before going to bed on the evening of Psalm 31, teaching us to use it every day as well.
I cannot describe the relief that overwhelms me when I know that my Father holds my fragile spirit firmly in His strong and loving hands. I can start breathing again. I can start thinking again. I can put one foot in front of the other and keep moving.

Next time Satan will remind you of the wounds of your past. Try to say, “Father, wrap my wound; I lay it down at your feet. You are safe in the hands of your Father.

5. Find someone to serve

"Woman, here is your son", and to the disciple: "Here is your mother" (John 19: 26-27)

In the midst of his pain, Jesus noticed that his mother was standing near the cross. He chose to take care of her instead of focusing on himself. Don't you think Jesus left us with a powerful remedy for our pain? When you are in pain, think about the needs of others. Who can you help? Who can you serve?
Jesus modeled what I found to be true in my own experience: Sometimes the only way to survive or make sense of your own pain is to help someone else.

6. Plan time for yourself

“I am thirsty” (John 19:28).

The great I AM cried out, “I'm thirsty. And when He did, He gave you and me permission to ask for help and to admit your physical weakness.
God created our bodies fragile enough to need his help. Feelings like thirst, hunger, and fatigue expose the limits of our humanity and remind us every day that we need more of God.
With this fragility comes our need for rest, which means a designated space and time to take a break. Often times, we are so busy taking care of our families that we forget to take care of ourselves.
What are you doing to take care of your body and your mental health? What can you plan daily or weekly to start getting physical relief?

7. Trade your broken pieces for healing

"It's over" (John 19:30)

When Jesus said "It is over" it was not a cry of defeat. It was a cry of victory! In Greek, these three words are actually one word, tetelestai, which means "paid in full".
It changes the game! When Jesus willingly sacrificed himself for us, it was not just a substitute punishment - his life for our sins. It was a complete exchange - all of Him for all of us. He did more than pay for our sin and take it away. Jesus gave us his right position with God. He took everything that was wrong with us and traded it for everything that was right in him.

Jesus traded in our sin, sorrow, and pain for His unlimited righteousness, joy, and healing. You no longer have to carry shame. God exchanges your wounds and your breaks for the fullness and the beauty of his Son.

Can you see yourself the way God sees you?

My experience convinces me that God will use you more widely because of what you have been through. It often allows our wounds to change our fate and the fates of others. God not only heals our wounds, but He also turns our scars - reminders of what we've been through - into marks of our experiences.
Now imagine Jesus Himself holding your face in both hands and looking directly into your eyes. Hear him say to you, “I love you. I see you. I hear your cries. I remember you. I'll take your pain. I will heal you ”. 

Let these words penetrate your soul!

Linda barrick

Article translated from English from the site Crosswalk originally published in December 2020. 

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