It comes as a surprise to many people that God cares very much about their emotional and mental well-being! Life throws all of us many curve balls that can surprise and stun us. When I have gone through dark and painful seasons I have found new comfort and strength in the knowledge that healing for the heart is abundantly available in Him.
Whatever the cause of our inner pain that comes as a result of living in a sin-tainted world, healing for our hearts is readily accessible! Consider each of these passages for your healing journey:
- Psalm 147:3 says that “God heals the brokenhearted and binds up your wounds.” God is concerned about your body, soul, and spirit. Whatever wounds we have sustained, God is interested in healing them. He wants to bind up the wounds that are in your life. You need to understand this side of God, that He is one who wants to heal your heart. He wants you to live free.
- Psalm 34:17-18 declares that “when the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.” The Lord is near. He saves us when we are crushed in spirit.
- Psalm 56 verse 8 says, “You kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?” Here the psalmist is reminding himself that God sees him in those moments where his emotions go dark. God notices, He cares and takes account of it.
- Isaiah 41:10 says, “fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed.” It’s not God’s will that you walk around with dismay in your heart. It goes on to say, “I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
- Then we read about the prophecy of Jesus’ coming, a prophecy that indicated that He was very much interested in the healing of the wounded human heart. Isaiah 61:1-3 says: “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of prison to those who are bound, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn, to grant to those who mourn in Zion, and to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit, that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.” Jesus opens up this passage in the synagogue and He says, ‘this is talking about me. I am the promised Messiah and part of my ministry is to heal the wounds inside of people.’
- Also, in 3 John 1:2 it says, “beloved, I pray that all may go well with you, and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”
God is interested in you as a whole person. He sees every part of your life, He knows the wounds and hurts that you have experienced in life, and He is available to be your healer. This is great news.
So today I encourage you to first believe that the healing of the heart is available in Christ. It is a loving gift to be received in this life and, ultimately, in the life to come. Second, actively access the healing of Christ by reading and hearing his healing Word and being with healing Christ-followers. Third, take the comfort that you have received from Christ and spread it around to others (2 Cor. 1:4)! As you share about how God brought you through a healing process it will benefit the lives of many, many others!