This week we welcome back Katie from our Marketing Team. Katie elaborates on Healing Life’s Hurts, which is Key 3 from the Keys to Freedom study. We thank Katie for the truth and wisdom she brings to this topic!
Chip Dodd, author of Voice of the Heart, says that hurt is the emotional and spiritual cry within us that lets us know that we have pain. Often times, hurt is at the root of our feelings and the reason behind our emotional responses. Hurt can be as simple as the pain we feel when someone doesn’t return our phone call or as heartbreaking losing a loved one. No matter where the pain originated from, we’re hurt as a result, and that feeling needs to be acknowledged and dealt with.
The problem with hurt is that many of us refuse to feel it. We throw up our walls, dive head first into any and everything to take our minds off of it, and sometimes we even resort to anger before we fully admit that hurt is at the root. Essentially, we run from our hurts, but friends, that’s not how God intended us to live.
If you’re familiar with Mercy’s Keys to Freedom study, you’ll know that the third key in the study is “Healing Life’s Hurts.” This section of the study focuses on reminding us that we can’t run from our hurts and live fully as we were created to do. We can’t run from our hurts because they always catch up. The only safe place to run is into the arms of a loving God. 2 Kings 20:5 says, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; indeed, I will heal you.” The Lord knows our hearts, He knows our hurts, and He wants to take our pain, but we must fully surrender it to Him in order to experience His freedom.
Please know that the words I’m sharing with you come from a place of experience. I’ve experienced more hurt in my time on this earth than I ever expected. I tried to run, I tried to hide, I tried to fill my heart with anything but the truth, and I am here to tell you it did not work. It wasn’t until I acknowledged the wounds my heart carried that I was able to start processing through the hurt that came with those wounds.
Among the many amazing things about God is that when He calls us to something, He equips us. He doesn’t just ask us to do something without an action plan. If you know you haven’t fully healed from a past hurt or if you’re just now starting the healing process, talk to God. He promises to “never leave us nor forsake us,” and that’s no different here. If you’re at a loss of where to start, here are few things you can begin praying through:
- Ask the Lord to show you a memory or situation that resulted in a hurt. Then ask him how that hurt specifically affected you.
- Often times when we experience hurt, we come to believe lies. Ask the Lord to show you the lies you have believed about yourself others, or even Him.
- There is truth to combat every life. Prayerfully ask the Lord to show you the truth and then ask Him to deposit that truth in your heart in place of the lie.
It’s not only important for us to acknowledge and heal from our hurts for our own personal well-being, healing brings us closer to God and closer to others. Working through some of your own hurts can open the door for you to share truth and wisdom with someone else dealing with pain themselves.
Remember this truth spoken in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here!” As Christians, we have a choice in allowing the newness of who we are in Christ to empower us to move on from the old hurts of the past. We should boast in excitement that as Christians, we’re given freedom each and every day we choose to walk in God’s love.