Make sure your wound is clean before it is closed.
Just recently, I’ve been thinking about the church and how many people are sitting in pews with the appearance of being whole, but are still walking around with unhealed, deep scars. They were never healed because altar calls became routine band-aids that covered the wound, but never aided in the healing.
“The deeper, larger, or dirtier a wound is, the more care it needs.”
The majority of the spiritual wounds we carry are from past experiences that we never allowed to heal. Somehow our minds tricked us into believing that band-aids over our unhealed wounds made us better, so we ignored the fact that not properly healing also made us bitter. Some wounds come from the feeling of abandonment, divorce, church hurt, molestation, the loss of a child, self-esteem, death, etc. I think that we can all agree that regardless of what has happened to us, wounds hurt. And, the deeper the wound is, the more care it needs.
As I was studying the effects of wounds, I learned that doctors determine that a wound is anything that breaks the skin and causes the risk of germs to get into the body and cause an infection. Isn’t that how spiritual wounds take place? Carnal attacks break our spirit and then causes us to become spiritually infected. Unfortunately, some of us don’t know how to heal after a spiritual infection. The church has taught us to lay at the altar on Sunday to “get free,” but hasn’t given us the necessary tools we need to help us heal after we get up to face Monday-Saturday. I know, because I had wounds and I was good at walking around looking like I was spiritually clean, but I was still infected on the inside.
When is the church going to start evaluating our wounds based on the risk of the infection?
Our healing is determined by the depth of the cut. Healing can take weeks, months, or even years. And, we have to be careful. Just because it looks like the wound is healing on the outside, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s clean on the inside. There is always a risk of repeat infection until the wound is completely healed. The most interesting thing that I learned is that doctors don’t close a wound until there is no remaining bacteria or other contaminants left. Their goal is to make sure the wound is cleaned before it is closed. There is no way that you can properly close a chapter of your life until all of the mess that occurred during that time is released.
Even though that area in your life that hurt you looks closed, it still can infect you.
In the healing process, our body naturally protects itself. A scab forms over the wound. The scab’s job is to protect the wound as the damaged skin underneath heals. New tissue forms and the skin makes collagen. This is a kind of tough, white protein fiber. When the healing is completed on the inside, the scab falls off, it leaves the repaired skin behind, as well as a scar. Our normal skin takes a few months to be back to 100%.
As humans, our natural response to wounds is to shut down or let them “heal on their own.” We hurt the person who hurt us, lash out, become angry, unforgiving, consume ourselves with negative thinking, and sometimes even get mad at God. While it’s normal for our carnal skin to heal on its own, unfortunately, our spiritual “skin” doesn’t work like that. Even though the scabs (going to church every Sunday, counseling, praying, etc.) cover the wounds, if we aren’t proactive, we will still rest in the hurt. That is why it’s important to heal from the inside out, and not pursue anything during the healing process that will continue to contaminate the wound.
I don’t know what your wound is, but, today, I’m thankful that we have a Father who is concerned about healing us and making us whole. The word says that God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. This means that it doesn’t matter what you’ve gone through, God cares enough about you to heal you and close up the very thing that caused you pain. If you’re hurting today, I pray that you take the time and seek the Healer and to get counseling so that someone can walk with you on this journey. This journey is not about a routine; this is about a relationship with Jesus. The healing is not in how many times you run to the altar, but it’s about that one time that you activate your faith and you say, “God, I can’t do this without you. Please make me new. Clean my wound from the inside out and let the full healing take place. I don’t want to operate from a place of anger. I want to operate in forgiveness and love fully. Whatever has hurt me is not greater than what You’re going to do with me. Thank you for being a good Father.”
Speaking from the Heart,