"when people wound"
December 12, 2013
“But He was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace.” Isaiah 53:5 (NLT)
The most painful wounds we can suffer are those we endure from other people, and never more severe than from those who are closest to us.
Being misunderstood, judged, accused, abandoned, walked away from – words that are spoken that cut deep because they found access to our hearts. These kinds of wounds can cause wounded spirit that stays with us for days, months, maybe years.
Having suffered firsthand from those types of wounds and keeping in mind what Isaiah 53:5 says Christ endured for us, here is a bit of advice for dealing with wounds from people:
1. Continually speak forgiveness regardless of if you feel like you mean it.
2. Don’t let negative, condemning and self-hatred pile on.
Revelation 12:11 warns us that Satan loves to pile on as the “accuser of our brothers.”
3. Count your blessings like never before.
Overcome the pain by counting the many blessings in your life.
4. Don’t take it out on others.
Wounded people have a tendency to lash out and wound others.
Don’t pass the pain on.
5. Be careful who you share the news of your wound with.
Your wound may cause another to carry an offense which won’t heal you up any quicker.
6. Learn from it.
Some of our best lessons can be pointed to and they are called scars.