Summary: Healing for the wounded heart
THE WOUNDED HEART
INTRO: A wounded heart occurs when someone or something brings hurt to your emotions. "The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly" Proverbs 26:22 (quickview) .
I. SOURCES OF HURTS
a. Result of offense brought to us from others.
g. Hurts never just go away! Time will not bring complete healing to them. Whenever you remember the experience, you feel the hurt. Some people will even block out their memory so that they won't have to face feeling the hurts, but they are still there.
II. SOME SYMPTOMS OF A WOUNDED HEART
Fits of anger and rage
Seeing unusual things
Lack of control of self
III. SOME WAYS PEOPLE RESPOND TO A WOUNDED HEART
a. Some people respond by backing away from the situation to allow time for healing. They often turn inward and brood over their hurts. The hurts become like a big sore risen just waiting for someone to prick it with a sharp word, then out comes all the corruption of anger, bitterness, hate, revenge, and fear. The rejection they then receive brings more hurts.
b. Other people respond by immediately striking back trying to balance their hurt with anger and revenge or by trying to protect themselves from further hurt to allow time for healing. However, scar tissue (hardness of heart) soon appears. As they enter into relationships, they are rejected for their hardness and receive more hurts. Please understand that one only receives healing through the intervention of God.
IV. God's Provision
d. Jesus, Himself, suffered all the hurts that one could suffer. Isaiah 53:1-12 (quickview) , John 1:11 (quickview) , Luke 22:57 (quickview) , 23:35-37, Matthew 27:46 (quickview)
V. HOW TO BEGIN THE HEALING
c. You must forgive (release) the person who has hurt you. Matthew 6:12 (quickview) , 14-15 You must put their judgment into God's hands and then ask God to forgive them for their offense toward you. Luke 23:24 (quickview) , Acts 7:60 (quickview)