Recently a friend sent me a link to a sermon on “The Wound” and it reaffirmed some realities I see in my own life and experience daily as I sit with people in my counseling office. Wounds are those things that happen as we live in a fallen and broken world. They are often caused by others in our lives that actually love us and really do want what’s best for us – they are also caused by people who are hurt and wounded themselves – like the old adage says’ “hurt people, hurt people.” But regardless of who caused the wounds in our lives and even their motives, good or bad, we all have wounds. I believe these wounds in our lives then grow into fears. Fears like, insecurity, inferiority, fear of failure and rejection. These fears then impact how we live and love and function – mostly these fears limit us and create barriers and dysfunction.
Ultimately, our relationship with God restores us and helps us cope with these wounds and overcome our fears. There are a few Biblical truth’s that help remind me that Jesus does come and bring comfort to those who are wounded and broken.
First, by knowing and growing in Him we are free! In John 8:32 Jesus said, “You will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free.” He goes on to say in John 14:6 that the truth is not a concept but it is Him and a relationship with Him, when He states that He is this Truth, “I am the way the Truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me.” He is the big “T” truth not just a concept or construct or way of living.
Secondly, the freedom and comfort He offers us in our wounds is something that we are to live out of and share with others. In 2 Corinthians 3-5 the Apostle Paul says it this way, “3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”
Here is the link to the sermon that my friend shared with me. I hope it encourages you as it did me to continue to run to Christ and other safe people to find comfort and freedom in my wounds. http://www.villagechurchofeastatlanta.org/sermons/ - It is the one called “The Wound” by Adam Young.
Joe Bucha, LPC – firstname.lastname@example.org