By His Stripes We Are Healed

English: Broken Heart symbol

English: Broken Heart symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A broken heart in conflict with the mind cannot speak to another person’s pain. A healed heart that reflects God’s heart can.

When filled with brokenness, the heart is hardened and shattered into pieces that seem hard to mend.  We’re convinced the heart has been damaged beyond repair and can’t ever be healed again.

When our heart has been broken the mind is met with conflict, denial, and resistance. The pain will run so deeply where we find ourselves in a state of confusion. Our thoughts become inconsistent.

We will close ourselves off to any and everything. We won’t allow anyone we feel can be of help to come in. Not even ones who can offer advice or spiritual guidance that will help us mend. When others try to encourage us, we don’t feel like they are saying the right things.

We believe in that moment because the heart has been irreparably damaged, there’s no fixing it. There’s no advice anyone can give us to make us feel better. We can’t see the good or God in it. There are no activities we want to engage in that will make the pain go away. Simply put, when in this state, we believe there is nothing that will cure the pain and heartache.

Then we throw all our emotions into a bag, close, pack and will carry the weight on our shoulders. We will carry a heavy burden, coupled with lost emotions, repeating feelings of hurt over and over.

Tugging emotional baggage is like a heavy suitcase being opened only to find it filled with locks and chains bound together. That cannot be broken without the help of something to cut loose the metal. As is a person who is broken and have become emotionally damaged and confused. And it feels like we have been taken advantage of, wondering why we were emotionally abused.

When the heart conflicts with the mind, we tend to do things that are unconventional. Our thoughts become irrational. We behave out of character. We begin to look to ourselves for answers.

There’s uncertainty in our hearts. On our own, we try to work it out. We will harbor fear and self doubt. And will take our focus off God and place it on us. And unfortunately will fail to see what was right in front of us…God. The very thing we needed to find peace, deliverance, and healing. We looked to ourselves instead of God for healing.

God is the answer. He will give you strength to overcome and work it out. He won’t allow you to go through it alone. You will overcome without a doubt.

When the heart wants what the mind doesn’t. Don’t confuse one with the other. Get them in sync with one another. Even when your heart is broke it deserves recovery. Pray and ask God to heal your heart, even if it doesn’t happen immediately. He will do it, if you let him. He will set your soul free.

It is okay to hurt but we mustn’t put so much focus on something that is not working. Yes, we’re in pain and may be broken. But God will fix our hearts again. He is a mind-regulator and a heart fixer. God is a healer. He will make you whole again.

Seek him. Focus on His Word. Not your will. Be dedicated, committed, and obedient to his will. He is the only one that can fill the hole in our heart. He can remove the void. And when it comes time to live again, we will not be led by our damaged heart. But will be led by the joy in knowing we have been restored with the goodness of God’s heart. In order that God’s purpose may be fulfilled. Our heart will reflect God’s heart once again.

By His stripes we are healed.

Be blessed! -JD

Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (ESV)

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10 responses to “By His Stripes We Are Healed

  1. “We looked to ourselves instead of God for healing.” Been there! I know now that it doesn’t work! That line brings to mind a quote from St. Augustine, “He who counsels himself counsels a fool.” When we get too wrapped up in ourselves, we can’t see the big picture. We need God, and we need to listen to wise words from those who love us, even when they’re not the words we want to hear.
    I’m glad I stopped by your blog. God bless you and keep it up!

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for the inspiring words. You are absolutely correct when you say “we need God and need to listen to wise words from those who love us, even when they’re not the words we want to hear.” Wise wisdom and spiritual counsel is important. It helps us grow and when we use God’s Word as the guide, we are sure to be led on the right path. God bless you! Thanks again. I will keep it up, God willing. Take care 🙂

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  2. Beautiful Post Joaynn 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing. Finding comfort in Jesus when in times of challenge and pain also helps us to recognise (even though we cannot feel it at the time) that there is purpose to our pain and there can be great good that can come out of it.

    Of course, even before I was baptised, I always had a positive outlook about the difficult times. Though it is a quality I see consistently in close friends who consciously have Jesus in their lives.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thank you so much. Couldn’t help but share my thoughts as I see this in people everyday in the hope it offers others consolation, words of hope and inspiration. I’ve been there and I know what it feels like. And to have someone looking outside your world only to reflect on your pain not as a criticism but to help is what compels me to write as I do.

      I love that you have always had a positive outlook on difficult times because it can be hard for many of us. I was a person that didn’t acquire that quality until later in life and I am thankful to God that I now do.

      Thanks for you thoughtful, well-said comment. I appreciate it. 🙂

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  3. There’s nothing left to say except . . . I love it! When the heart conflicts with the mind, how profound. Never thought of it that way.

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    • Thank you! Glad to hear that. I wrestled with it for a while and couldn’t get my words to come out right. The first paragraph was all I had lol but glad I got it over with and off my chest. Thanks again 🙂

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