[Jesus Christ] whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
1 Peter 1:8 (NKJV)
(words in brackets above were added from verse 7 for clarification)
Suggested reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9
Having a broken heart is no fun—to say the least. The pain and trauma that caused our broken hearts is often carried within our hearts and spirits for many years after the traumatic situation. It can linger and fester inside us causing us to react in ungodly ways when that emotional and spiritual pain is triggered. However, God’s Word tells us in Luke 4:18 that Jesus Christ came to heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free. That is something to rejoice about!
Loving Jesus brings us an inner joy that is inexpressible. That joy is not affected by any painful circumstances that we may suffer if we stand firm in our belief that God loves us with an everlasting love. His love can heal our broken hearts if we will turn to Him and trust Him to do so. We cannot run away from Him when we are in pain and expect to receive His amazing blessing of freedom from emotional and spiritual pain.
Rejoicing about God’s incomparable love and gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, is one antidote for the depression and hopelessness that the enemy, Satan, would like us to suffer. Our broken hearts can be healed with the joy inexpressible that comes from God’s love for us and our love for Him and Jesus. If we ask Jesus to release the pain we have carried, He will do that. Jesus will replace it with His peace as we continue to praise, honor, and glorify Almighty God.
You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?
Psalm 56:8 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 56:8-11
Deep pain and trauma are caused by emotional, verbal, mental, physical, or spiritual abuse. Sexual molestation, rape, the death of a loved one, divorce, accidents, and natural disasters also cause long-lasting emotional and spiritual suffering. Pain and trauma breaks our hearts and influences our decisions and lives if it is not healed. Our loving God is aware of every tear that we shed and keeps a record of the pain that we have suffered. The tears that flow during or after those situations are not wasted. Crying is one aspect of the healing process. It is healthy to cry!
God cares about the tears that were caused by trauma in our lives. As our heavenly Father, He hurts when we hurt. He is our Defender and the One who is able to bring vindication for that pain and trauma. His justice will be accomplished in His perfect timing. Trusting Him to do so takes a great burden off our shoulders. Trusting the One True God gives us strength.
Fear—ungodly or abnormal fear—can be the consequence of not trusting the Most High God. Ungodly fear can also result from past pain and trauma that is still being carried in our hearts and spirits. The devil will feed our ungodly fear if we let him. The best antidote for that fear is allowing Jesus Christ to release the emotional or spiritual pain that we have been carrying. One way to release that pain is to let the tears flow while asking Jesus to heal our broken hearts.
You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
Isaiah 26:3 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Isaiah 26:3-4
Perfect and constant peace—what an amazing way that would be to live! Isaiah wrote that it is possible if we are focused on God and trust Him. However, many circumstances in our lives distract our thinking away from the Lord God and the peace we so desire. We can find peace in spite of the pain and trauma that the world brings our way by focusing our thoughts on the Most High God and His goodness.
The word mind in this verse could also be translated creative imagination. God created us with imaginations that can show us images in our minds of beautiful, faraway places. Our imaginations can also be sources of unnecessary worry and fear if we do not intentionally direct our thoughts away from painful situations. What we think about determines our attitudes and peace of mind.
Our imaginations and our thoughts can lead to anxiety, worry, depression, or despair, or to the peace that the Lord has promised if we trust in Him. When our hearts are broken, we must continue to hope in Almighty God. Otherwise, the devil will have an opportunity to speak his lies into our imaginations and cause us additional emotional and spiritual pain. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, but the enemy tries to convince people that is not true. Satan wants us to believe that our situations are hopeless. Our Most High God has instructed us to trust Him and focus our thoughts on the hope of peace and freedom through His Son, Jesus!
… in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,
Titus 1:2 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Titus 1:1-4
Our Most High God promised us eternal life. However, that promise depends on our choices and cooperation with God’s will for us. If we accept the gift of forgiveness and salvation that God has offered us through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus, and submit ourselves to Jesus as our Lord, this promise will be fulfilled for us. However, if we do not surrender our wills to God, we cannot receive His promises.
Our hearts and spirits can be seriously wounded when we go through emotionally or spiritually painful and traumatic events. God has promised to heal our broken hearts, but we must do what He requires for that promise to be fulfilled. Obeying God is not optional if we desire to be healed and set free from the effects of pain and trauma, or any other type of bondage that the enemy, Satan, has brought into our lives.
God cannot lie, but many of God’s promises are conditional on our cooperation. We cannot continue to commit known sin and expect to receive God’s promises and our needed healing and freedom. Our loving God has many amazing promises in His Word that we can receive if we will trust and obey Him. One of those promises is healing and freedom from emotional and spiritual pain and trauma. God sent Jesus Christ to heal the brokenhearted, but that can only happen in our lives if we follow Jesus and live our lives according to the will of His Father.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Luke 4:18 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Luke 4:16-21
Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted! Jesus came to set the captives free! Situations that cause us to be brokenhearted include the loss of a loved one, a divorce, any type of abuse, abandonment, rejection, accidents, and natural disasters. If you are brokenhearted as a result of one or more of those things, you most likely have emotional pain in your heart. Your spirit can also be wounded by those experiences. It is common to stuff that emotional and spiritual pain without even realizing you are doing so.
It helps to talk to someone about the pain and trauma that you have experienced in your life. If possible, forgiving the person or persons responsible for causing that pain and trauma is also an important step in the healing process. However, unless the pain is released from your heart and your spirit, you will not be at peace. You will not be able to experience true joy.
True freedom and joy can only be obtained as Jesus Christ releases that pain and trauma from your heart and spirit. Ask Jesus to reveal anything that is keeping your heart broken and your spirit from experiencing His peace and joy. Then, ask Him to gently begin the healing process. He loves you very much and wants your broken heart to be healed!
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Hebrews 13:12-15
It is only because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for us that we can offer the sacrifice of praise to God. Without the horrific death that Jesus suffered and His resurrection, we would have no hope of forgiveness and salvation. The remarkable gift that the One True God has offered to all who will accept His Son is more than enough reason for us to thank and praise God!
God is so loving and gracious to us that He did not stop blessing us with the tremendous mercy He bestowed on us through Jesus’ sacrifice. Our Heavenly Father gives us more than we can even ask or imagine throughout our lives. He deserves our continual thanks and praise. Thanking and praising God out loud, helps heal our hearts, minds, and spirits as well. It keeps us focused on what is really important in life.
It is very difficult to be angry, bitter, resentful, or negative about things if we are obeying God’s Word and continually offering this sacrifice to God. It is certainly a sacrifice to do so when we don’t feel like thanking or praising Him, because we are in emotional or spiritual pain. However, we will benefit greatly if we make this a consistent practice in our lives. If we desire healing for our broken hearts, the process includes focusing on all that the Lord has done for us—continually thanking Him and praising Him!
And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”
Daniel 6:20 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Daniel 6:20-27
Daniel was a man of unwavering prayer. Even the king knew that Daniel was a servant of the Living God. When he had Daniel thrown into the den of lions, the king expected Daniel’s God to deliver him! Our Most High God was able to calm the lions and keep them from attacking to save Daniel’s life. He is also able to deliver us from emotional and spiritual pain and trauma. The Living God can heal broken hearts!
The Bible is full of testimonies of deliverance from terrible situations in people’s lives. Daniel’s protection as he was surrounded by hungry lions is just one example. We must remember that all things are possible with God. If it is His perfect will to prevent a traumatic situation in our lives, He will prevent it. However, if it is God’s perfect will to use a traumatic circumstance to help us grow stronger in Him, He will cause what the enemy meant for evil to produce good in our lives.
We must be like Daniel and have faith that God’s power can overcome the hunger of lions and is much greater than the enemy’s plans to destroy us. As the king proclaimed after Daniel was found unharmed, “…the God of Daniel… delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth.” The Living God is the same today as He was in Daniel’s days. He is able to heal our broken hearts if we will let Him.