From Hurt to Wholeness
In our everyday lives, we encounter individuals who project an image of wellness, but secretly, they are walking containers of deep-seated hurt. Are you among them?
Hurt desperately seeks to find entrance into the lives of men, women, and children in countless ways. For many, hurt has come in through an absentee father, an abusive mother, an unfaithful spouse, a slight, or something as simple as one unkind word. The varieties are unlimited! However, they all share a common orchestrator, Satan.
In the Garden of Eden, Satan came in as a serpent with the express purpose of moving Adam and Eve from their trust in God and in all He had spoken. Satan’s strategy was to deceive the minds of Adam and Eve. His entry point into their minds was through their emotions. Satan uses the same tactic today. It is his same m.o. (method of operation)—Satan attacking the minds of individuals through their feelings, which are governed by emotions.
Now God intentionally created emotions for mankind, and we know everything God created is for a goodly purpose. However, like all things that begin as good but are later perverted by the devil, hurt is a negative emotion. Hurt’s aim is to rob God’s beloved of all He says they can be and everything He says they can have.
Negative emotions will try to talk to you, and it is common for the hurt and emotionally wounded to listen to them. This only makes their situations worse, because emotions and feelings often fluctuate. They are a most untrustworthy source.
Some other misguided self-help attempts by those who have been hurt are: hurting others to try to feel better, pretending the pain does not exist, hardening one’s heart, and forming relationships upon a foundation of hurt. All of these efforts are doomed to fail.
To deal with hurt successfully and to go forward in life, one must refuse to use pain as a point of reference. Determine to stop “bringing it up.” You can change! Do not believe the lies of the enemy—you are NOT powerless!
Moreover, you have been given authority over hurt, which covers attacks against your mind and emotions. The Bible says in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). This is not to say you will never stub a toe or bump a knee. It is saying, though, that for the Christian, there is a part of you that is protected from sin, hurt, and harm—even from Satan. It is your born-again spirit, the “real you.” According to Ephesians 1:13, our core being, our spirits, are sealed by the Holy Spirit when we accept Christ. Our responsibility is to renew our minds (our thought life) daily with the Word of God. As a result, emotional hurt must back off. Now healing can come in, and with it, wholeness!
In addition, to paraphrase Philippians 4:6 from the Message Bible, I encourage you to voice your feelings to God. Shape your hurt into prayers and praises to Him. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for your good, will settle your minds, your emotions—your world! It is wonderful when that happens—when Christ displaces worry, hurt, or any other negative emotion as the center of your life.