Christians, previously I seriously hurt my hand. It was a rather silly but painful injury. The day after I injured my hand, I was lying around, just healing. I was having terrible shooting pains in the area, and I was getting the revelation that Healing Hurts. I was wondering why I’ve never felt pain like this before. Then I remembered that it had been over a couple years since I’d taken any sort of pain reliever medication. Not for headaches, bumps, bruises – I had just been toughing it out.
Every time when I was younger and got hurt, there was always pain relief. I had stitches 4 times, cuts, bumps, bruises, even a car wreck. It could range from children’s chewables, Novocain, over the counter relief, and sometimes the stronger prescription pain relief. The whole point in the medical community is to minimize or eliminate the pain while healing. God was showing me how this translates into emotional hurting and healing.
When we were lost, if we got hurt, there were numerous emotional pain relievers. Some of us used drugs, alcohol, sex, and food, or we hurt others or ourselves to numb our own pain. We got distracted, we did whatever we could to numb any pain associated with any hurt. Christians, when we got saved, we decided to stop taking/using those physical and emotional pain relievers. We turn to Jesus who said He will heal us and make us new, if we believe and trust Him. I say this because if you are saved and you have been hurt, you may be feeling more pain than you have ever felt before. You may wonder why people’s words or actions hurt. Why family member’s behaviors leave you wincing in pain.
It is not that you got hurt any worse than before, it’s just that you are not doing anything to block the pain. It may be tempting to revert back to old pain relievers, but I want to encourage you to stay strong, embrace the healing pain. When I wrote this, my hand was still swollen, pain still shooting, but it was fading as it healed. I can assure you that I will do everything in my power to avoid this same type of injury again, because I can clearly feel the pain that goes along with the injury. I also know now that I cannot eliminate or numb the pain if I let it heal naturally.
Whether it is a marriage hurt, a family member hurt, your children, a coworker, or even someone in your Church, if you heal the situation right, it is okay to feel pain. In fact, it’s important to feel pain because when it’s fully gone, you know you have fully received healing. God loves us enough, so He lets us feel pain, so that we will remember that our actions have consequences and some are truly painful. My hand healed just fine, a faint scar is all that remains, but I will always remember the pain of healing. The next time I am emotionally hurt or I accidentally hurt someone else emotionally, I will remember the pain that goes along with healing. Kind words, apologies, and love can soothe but not eliminate the pain. As we grow in God, we must embrace true healing to go far in His purpose and will. His end goal is for us to have no pain, when we live with Him in eternity forever, in Jesus name, Amen.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. Revelation 21:14 (NLT)
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)
But He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in His suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing His glory when it is revealed to all the world. I Peter 4:12-13 (NLT)
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 (NIV)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2017