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3 Feb – When life hurts

Sometimes life hurts. I mean it really hurts; like your insides ache, your head is screaming and the space where your heart is feels pierced and broken. Hurt can come from circumstances out of our control, from words spoken, from relationship challenges, misunderstandings, loss, sickness, disappointments, and failures.

None of us seem to be immune from getting hurt and unfortunately everyone seems to suffer experiences of hurt to varying degrees in their lives. Life can throw some real “curve balls” at times. Personally my heart has taken a beating and suffered hurt through family break-ups, tradedy, sickness, death, loss in pregnancy, financial struggles, disappointments, relationship breakdowns, lonliness, hurtful words and behaviour by those you are trying to minister to, backbiting and gossip, and misunderstandings. And that’s not even mentioning empathizing over and with loved ones hurts.

But the question perhaps is not whether we will or how we will hurt, but how we”ll respond to the hurts we face in life?

Will we ignore the hurt and hope it goes away by denying it, delaying facing it or minimize the hurts impact by telling ourselves its no big deal?

Unfortunately ignoring hurts like that isn’t very effective because hurts don’t just go away by themselves. We do have to face them because denying, delaying and minimizing things and hoping time will heal usually just causes us to carry wounds around on the inside of us, and sometimes those wounds then get infected and spread.

Most people don’t like to face and acknowledge hurt. Its easier to run from it or bury it, but for us to get healed we must face it, because just as a dumped toxic waste or infection will eventually make it to the surface or contaminate other parts of our life so will an undealt with hurt.

I’ve learnt that God offers an answer to hurt. Its not necessarily a quick fix, although He does if we let him lift the burden and weight of our hurts. We get healed from our hurts as we sit with him and face the hurt and allow the Holy Spirit to unravel it. He is then able to heal our broken hearts and to bind up our wounds. As we read and meditate on His promises we discover He is, and has always been there even when we thought or felt He wasn’t. He is our shepherd and if we allow Him he will lead us beside quiet waters and restore our hearts and souls through His gentle persistent prescence and work within us, until we become victors instead of victims, bold instead of downtrodden and free instead of captive. (Psalm 23)

Today let God take care of your hurts rather than denying they exist, or running from or burying them. God is right there with you and He promises to heal the brokenhearted and to bind up our wounds (Psalm 147:2). He says He will give strength to the weary when we wait upon him,  so that we can keep going and with Him soar on wings like eagles. (Isaiah 40:31)

Life hurts sometimes, but “He that began a good work in you is faithful to complete it” and He hasn’t finished yet. (Philippians 1:6) Hang on to Jesus, face the hurt and know He is with you to comfort and bind up your wounds. You’re going to be okay.

Have a listen to this song, “Youre gonna be okay” by Brian and Jen Johnson to encourage you today.

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might he increases strength…for those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they  shall mount up on wings like eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not grow faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Prayer: Lord please help me today to face my hurts and to allow you to heal my brokenness and to bind up my wounds. I give my hurts to you  and ask you to fill my heart and life with your love and peace so that I can know joy again. In Jesus name Amen.

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