He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. (Psalm 147:3).
We know when we rip off the band-aid it is going to hurt initially, but once its off the wound and skin around it feels so much better. It is out in the open and the fresh air and light engulfs the area that was once dark and covered. As ugly as it may look, we know the wound needs to stay out in the open to heal. Otherwise it could become even more infected. Isn’t that a great analogy of our emotional wounds?
But unlike the physical appearance of the band-aid reminding us of the wound every time we see it or touch it, our emotional hurts are hidden. Hidden in our deepest darkest places. We cover them up with anything that works. We have unexplained anger or use other things that make us feel better in the moment. But that is all it is, just a moment, and moments are fleeting. We never heal because we keep putting band-aids on all those open emotional wounds.
Let’s visualize those hurts inside of us we have never dealt with including unforgiveness. Can you imagine the amount of band-aids it would take to place on each one? Think about how uncomfortable a band-aid on your knee or arm can be? Itchy, painful and annoying. How many of those wounds inside are like that? The wounds that will NOT go away. The same hurts show up over and over again. These hurts becomes familiar to us. Although it is itchy, painful and annoying we can’t seem to rip off that band-aid. We identify with it because it has become a part of us. We do not want to face it because in our minds it would be more uncomfortable to rip off the band-aid and heal the wound than to leave it there and not deal with it. So, we leave it there (in some cases for years) believing that big fat lie and continue adding many more band-aids. The real truth is, those lies come from the father of lies! John 8:44 tells us he was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language.
You see my friend, he robs us of the bright light of our inner peace. Jesus said, in John 8:12 “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” Luke 1:79 tells us to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadows of death, and to guide our feet into the path of peace. This is the answer! Rip off the band-aids and bring the wounds out of the darkness and into the light so they can heal through forgiveness. When we do this, we will be guided to that incredible path of peace through Jesus Christ who came down to this earth, wrapped Himself in flesh and restored our peace and gave us eternal life.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your unending peace. I pray every person reading this will be overcome with your Spirit and a receive an inner peace like no other. Father, we know only You can heal those wounds done by others. We know most of our hurts were undeserved. But we know through Your son Jesus Christ we can forgive and replace that hurt with love and kindness. We know in our broken human condition we cannot heal without your amazing grace and mercy. We are so thankful today of your healing power and pray you cover each of us with this power today and days ahead. With a grateful heart we thank you and your precious and beautiful son, Jesus Christ.