Trigger warning: mentions sexual abuse
Today, I’m linking with Bonnie Gray’s Faith Jam community.
We are writing about the word wounded.
So, here’s the thing about wounds.
We all have them.
It’s impossible to go through life without being hurt, either by your own choices or the choices of others. In fact, Jesus lays it out in Scripture:
In this world you will have trouble. –John 16:33
Maybe it was a sharp word spoken against you, slicing right into your heart. Maybe it was a series of physical, emotional, or sexual assaults. Maybe it was the trauma of an accident or tragedy. Maybe it was one wrong choice that shattered the foundation of your world.
Whatever your wounds are, please hear this:
Healing is possible. You don’t have to stay where you are. (<===Click to tweet.)
It wasn’t so long ago that I didn’t know anyone who had healed from sexual abuse and gone on to live a thriving, abundant life. I didn’t think it was possible, and I certainly didn’t believe it was possible for me.
I was wrong.
God has gently, patiently led me down a path of healing. He’s surrounded me with a loving community to support and encourage me beyond anything I could have imagined.
And He’s pressing into me the importance of sharing His message with you:
You don’t have to stay where you are.
Whatever your wounds have done in your heart, mind, and spirit…whatever they’ve done to damage your faith in a loving God…
You don’t have to stay there.
Here are the words that precede and follow the quote above from John:
‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace…But take heart! I have overcome the world.
You weren’t meant to live life in a state of woundedness. (<===Click to tweet.) God never intended you to suffer that way. Because pain entered the world through free will, God hatched the ultimate plan to fix it.
He sent His Son to overcome the world for you. Stop and think of that for a moment…God gave up the life of His own Son so nothing would have to conquer you.
Are you overwhelmed by fear, depression, anxiety, shame or worthlessness? Do you feel trapped, weak, or desperate?
Jesus voluntarily took all those thing on Himself and emerged victorious over them in order to free you from them.
For instance, I imagine Jesus thinking of me personally as the sharp ring of thorns pressed into His scalp, each prick redeeming the blows I fielded through being abused: those who didn’t believe me, the pain of secrecy, being misunderstood and silenced, difficulties trusting, constantly feeling unsafe…
Each metal shard of the whip against His skin, each fall on the road to Calvary, each mocking comment, every drop of spit hurled at Him, each nail driven into His flesh…
He endured it for you. It’s grisly and nauseating. It’s almost scandalous.
Because He knew that’s how your wounds would make you feel.
And He’s crying out to you:
I know. My precious child, I know! Let me take this pain from you. I don’t want you to be burdened by it anymore. Let me heal you. Will you let me in?
Will you let me love you?
Because I do–so very much. If you only knew…
Your wounds do not define your worth. Your worth is in my unshakable love for you.
And I made you for freedom. I died and rose that you may have it. It’s yours! Rise up and claim it, child!
My love and my power are more powerful than anything that wounds you.
Receive my resurrection power.
Live in abundance.
Simply ask me in. Be willing to let me work. I will be your strength.
Expect me to show up.
I love you.
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