My friends, this week, we are going to focus on HURT.
I don’t think there is anyone of us who has not been hurt by someone or who has not hurt others before. Regardless of how we have or continue to experience hurt, the emotion attached is crushing and it can either draw us closer to God or be a barrier to experiencing God’s love.
Sadly, I have seen people (myself included in the past) become cynical of God and His goodness toward us because of our hurt. Not so friends – our comfort actually comes from God based on His word in Psalm 34:18 reminding us that “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”.
To experience God’s love when we have been hurt requires:
- Never calling into question God’s love for us– This is the first thing we must settle in our minds. God did not cause our hurt, instead, He desires to help us.
- Honest conversation with God – About our hurt and how we feel about those that have hurt us or those we have hurt. Remember, He already knows our heart – so honesty about how we feel is important.
- Asking God to forgive and heal us – It takes two in every hurtful situation – so it is important to seek forgiveness for our part, ask for healing and help in releasing the person who has hurt us.
- Praying for the person involved – I find this difficult to do, but each time I did it, God has used it as a channel to bring about my healing from the hurt.
Christ follower, draw closer to God in your hurt not away from Him. If you are currently not a Christ follower, come and experience the love of the one that can heal your hurt – Jesus.
All glory to God!
About The Author:
Agnes is a leader with proven business acumen in a variety of industries. She holds an executive MBA from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and is also a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP). She is the author of Transforming Business with Godly Governance: Nine Characteristics for Workplace Success; God Cares for Me in Every Season: Godly Insights for Singleness, Marriage and Divorce; The Provisions of God: Insights from a Cat Named Mascot, and Weekly Insights for the Workplace: A Devotional for Christian Professionals
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.