He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness].
2 Corinthians 5:21 (AMP)
Suggested reading: 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
Thank God for His gracious loving-kindness! Our Most High God sent His only Son to die for us so that we could be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him. The devil tries to tell us that we are not worthy of being loved by anyone, including God, when we go through tremendous pain and trauma. He is a liar and we must always reject his lies.
God loves us and sent Jesus to heal our broken hearts in addition to providing for our salvation. Once we have received that awesome gift of forgiveness for our sins through the blood of Jesus Christ, we can begin to also receive the healing we need from emotional and spiritual pain. Our broken hearts can be healed. We do not have to live with intense inner pain, but we must first yield our hearts, minds and spirits to the One True God by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, which begins the healing process.
The blood of Jesus Christ is more powerful than any therapy or medication that the world has to offer for our pain and trauma. His blood made the way for us to receive genuine freedom. However, we must cooperate with the process that releases the emotional and spiritual pain. It may require us to forgive someone who hurt us deeply. As we do, we can have a right relationship with the Lord, which will bring healing to our broken hearts.
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
Psalm 24:4 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 24:3-5
Psalm 24:4 answers the questions regarding who can come into the Lord’s presence and who will receive His blessings. Having clean hands and a pure heart means that we must be people of integrity—living our lives in honest devotion to the Lord God and His Son, Jesus, to the best of our ability. We cannot live according to our own wills, doing whatever we please, and still have clean hands and a pure heart. That is impossible.
We must also avoid lifting up our souls to idols! Idols are not just golden statues worshipped by pagans. People, possessions, and anything that takes the place of the One True God in our hearts are idols. We should never allow our minds, wills and emotions—our souls—to be controlled or to be influenced by anything other than the Lord’s will. His perfect will should always be first and foremost in our lives. His blessings will follow as we rid our lives of idols!
Many people think that God’s blessings are unconditional. That is not true. However, our Most High God understands that we are not perfect and that we will sin and make mistakes along the way as we follow Him. He expects us to repent when that happens in order to keep ourselves as free from defilement as possible. He will give us the amazing gift of forgiveness when we sincerely confess and repent for our sins. The healing of our broken hearts can and will be accomplished to the extent that we are willing to be honest and repent for things that have come between us and our Most High God.
For who has known the mind and purposes of the LORD, so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ [to be guided by His thoughts and purposes].
1 Corinthians 2:16 (AMP)
Suggested reading: 1 Corinthians 2:12-16
As followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Most High God, we have His mind and can be guided by His thoughts and purposes. However, when our hearts are broken into a millions pieces, we often see things through the pain and trauma that caused that condition. Our decisions and actions can be seriously and negatively affected by the emotional and spiritual pain that we carry inside our hearts, minds and spirits.
The Holy Spirit will help us overcome our old nature and ways of thinking—if we will allow Him to do so. He will guide us to make choices based on the Lord’s will and not on our emotional and spiritual pain. However, we must apply what the Holy Spirit reveals to us. Otherwise, we will be disobeying the Lord and we will suffer the consequences of our ungodly decisions.
Healing from the pain and trauma that we have suffered depends in a large part on our reactions and our obedience to the Lord. We cannot continue to do things the same way and expect a different result. After accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have the privilege of learning how to do things God’s way. It takes time, but as long as we follow the Lord’s instructions, we will continue to grow and mature in the love, peace and joy of the Lord. Seeing things through the mind of Christ will become easier as we allow Him to conform us into His image. Healing for our broken hearts will be accomplished as we are guided by His thoughts and purposes.
The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.
Psalm 29:11 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Psalm 29:10-11
Those who have had their hearts broken know very well how difficult it can be to feel strong in the midst of unspeakable emotional pain and trauma. However, the Lord has promised to give His people unyielding and impenetrable strength. First, we must be surrendered to the Most High God and following His directions in our lives. We must be one of His people! Then, we can be assured that He will give us the strength we need to get through any traumatic situation.
The Lord has also promised to bless His people with peace! The peace that we so desperately need during emotionally and spiritually painful times cannot be obtained by any other means. We must run to the One True God, trusting Him to fill us with His incredible and unexplainable peace. That peace is not due to denying our horrific circumstance, but it is the evidence that we trust the Lord to work things out for our good—regardless of how things appear in the natural realm.
These promises do not come from an undependable, untrustworthy god. They were made by the Most High God—the Lord who is King forever! Our Most High God is King over everything. We must always remember that fact and rely on His perfect promises as we go through the storms of life. Then, we will receive His strength and peace no matter what events have caused our hearts to be broken. As we embrace the Lord’s promises and love, our hearts will be healed and the pain will be released. Jesus came to heal our broken hearts!
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”
Jeremiah 32:27 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Jeremiah 32:26-38
The answer to the question in Jeremiah 32:27 is a resounding, “No!” There is nothing too hard for the Most High God. When our hearts are broken, we may feel like healing for the pain would be impossible. However, our heavenly Father sent Jesus to this earth to heal the brokenhearted which makes the inner healing we need—not only possible—but available to every follower of Jesus Christ.
God’s people had turned their backs on God and were suffering the consequences. They would not listen and receive God’s instructions. Things seemed very hopeless for them. However, the One True God told Jeremiah that He would bring them back to that place and would cause them to dwell there safely. In spite of their rebellion, Almighty God said, “They shall be My people, and I will be their God.” In His incredible mercy, the Lord promised restoration!
That is the incomparable love that our heavenly Father has for His children. Even though He disciplines us for our disobedience and rebellion, He still offers us restoration. Emotional and spiritual pain and trauma can be the result of our own choices and actions. Whether that is the case or not, we have the privilege of receiving healing and freedom from pain and trauma through a personal relationship with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. What is impossible with man, is not too hard for our awesome God!
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness (absurdity, stupidity) before God; for it is written [in Scripture], “[He is] The one who catches the wise and clever in their craftiness;”
1 Corinthians 3:19 (AMP)
Suggested reading: 1 Corinthians 3:18-23
Paul called worldly wisdom foolishness, absurdity and stupidity before God! That is a pretty harsh, but completely true statement. As followers of Jesus Christ, we must be very careful not to accept the wisdom of this world as our basis for anything. Our foundation for living must be the Word of our Most High God.
Many people think that they can fool people and Almighty God with their craftiness. Synonyms for craftiness include underhandedness, deviousness and deceitfulness. Those are not godly character traits! Followers of Jesus Christ should never practice that type of worldly behavior. Our Most High God knows everything we do and He will expose those behaviors that are opposed to His teachings and character.
People—including Christians—whose hearts have been broken as the result of emotionally and spiritually painful and traumatic circumstances may be drawn to worldly, alternative healing practices in desperation for relief. However, the Lord God is never honored by our attempts to get help that is based on anti-Christian teachings or religions. The devil uses many of those worldly and ungodly therapies to trap believers into his web of bondage. Even if excuses, explanations, or good results are offered to justify those methods, we must avoid the temptation to pursue inner healing through them. The Lord’s way of healing our hearts and spirits through His love, a relationship with Jesus, Scripture, and biblically based prayer are the only ways that true and lasting freedom from pain and trauma can be received.
Save us and help us with your right hand,
that those you love may be delivered.
Psalm 60:5 (NIV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 60:1-5
David’s urgent plea to the Lord God was evidence of the desperation he felt regarding the circumstances in his life and the lives of the people who feared the Most High God. They were experiencing desperate times and David knew that the Lord was the only One who could deliver them from certain destruction. So, he cried out to Almighty God.
We often go through situations where we feel desperate. They can even cause us to despair and lose hope. Traumatic events such as the death of a loved one, divorce, rape, abuse of any kind, accidents, and natural disasters can leave us feeling helpless and depressed. We must run to the Most High God during those times and cry out to Him for help.
It is common for the Lord to answer and send help through other people, but His most amazing answer to our need for help was Jesus! The Lord God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to save us and heal our broken hearts. However, we must cooperate with Almighty God by accepting Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. We will see the Lord’s deliverance from emotional and spiritual pain and trauma when we yield to the Lord’s will in our lives.
For us to receive the emotional and spiritual healing that we so desperately need, the help of other believers is often required. Those who have suffered trauma will often help others after they have received significant healing in their own hearts and spirits. We need other followers of Jesus Christ to show us the comfort, compassion and love of our heavenly Father. That is another crucial part in the inner healing process.