Last week I bit my lip, hard. Eating has become a painful experience, and even swallowing water stings. While trying to protect that area from further discomfort, I have managed to bite other parts of my lip. It’s annoying and the healing process slow.
The heart like the mouth is a slow healer. We have all experienced wounds of the heart. Sometimes these wounds are selfinflicted like when we fail to forgive others, or we harbor anger or hatred. Other times, our heart has had pain inflicted upon it through loss or rejection or harm. When the heart is filled with pain and ache, we try to protect it from further affliction. We keep people at a distance, lash out at the innocent or hide our- selves away. These attempts at remedy don’t heal, but cause further injury. That is what Solomon discovered and wrote, “heartache crushes the spirit” (Proverbs 15:13).
When we don’t let Christ deal with the pain in our heart, we soon find that our spirit and physical body also suffer. The wounds of the heart are not limited to the heart, but find their way into our bodies through stress and anxiety and produce a restlessness in our spirit.
Jesus knew the consequences of a troubled heart, and He imparted the true remedy to His disciples on the night before their hearts would be troubled by His death. He said, “Trust in God; trust also in me” (John 14:1).
The wounds of the heart are healed through faith in God.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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