“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
Thank God through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross every believer is saved from their sins, we have been spiritually healed and made right with God. Yet that does not mean we are free of the wounds and scars that come from living on this earth.
King Henry III had a terrible wound on his leg that never healed. The famous outlaw Jesse James was shot in the chest, it was a wound that also never completely healed. Both famous and not so famous people have suffered from wounds that never healed. Sometimes the wounds are to the body, and sometimes to the soul.
During one year for many months I endured a painful wound that I thought would never heal. I have had other wounds lasting for months and years. Long lasting wounds can sap our energy, discourage and frustrate us. Such wounds can cause us unending pain and suffering.
How do we endure long lasting afflictions? How do we survive unending wounds both internal and external? We need encouragement, we need compassion, we sometimes need a helping hand, and we always need Jesus.
You may find yourself living with a wound, or several wounds that refuse to heal. Pain, frustration, weakness from your wound may be draining the life from you, leaving you feeling weak and vulnerable. You may need help from others, and you may have to exercise your faith by relying even more upon the Lord, but know that you are not alone in your pain and misery.
We live in a world that inflicts pain upon us in many ways, sometimes the physical pain is unbearable, in other cases it is mental and emotional pain and suffering that brings us to our knees. When you find yourself falling to your knees in pain and misery, I would encourage you to look up to Jesus, pray and lay your burdens at His feet.
Prayer: Dear Lord, sometimes our wounds seem to never heal. At times our suffering seems unending. We ask You to lift our burdens, to ease our worries, and help us to never forget You have better things in store for us. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. Though his pain sometimes seems unending, so too has been God’s marvelous grace in his life.
Does your pain seem unending? Does it feel like your wounds will never heal?
We all have parts of our body that may struggle to heal, but it is easy to forget that there are also parts of our heart that may have been broken and healing is not occurring. “The Broken Pieces” by Matthew West is a beautiful song about what to do when we have too many broken pieces in our life. -Lisa