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October 10, 2013#

When your wounds itch

cone of shame

“Medicating to feel complete just treats the symptoms rather than the cause. Whether you are looking for the one person or the one drug to stop the pain, you are ultimately looking for a numbing agent rather than a healing one. But there is an answer to all of this wound stuff and that is in the one place you’ve probably looked at but never fully considered to treat your wounds, and that is the cross. On it the Savior was wounded and at that point in time His wounds became the balm for yours. As we see in Isaiah 53:5, “He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.” (HCSB)

As long as your wounds are more important than His they will remain gaping and foul. They will sting and ooze discontentment and fear, and they won’t be healed but only numbed. But once you see that His wounds took away your pain, that they have the power to heal your wounds in an instant, all you have to do is look away from yours and onto His and you will find complete healing. Your wounds suffer from your focus. When your focus is on your unattended to or neglected needs, pain, dreams or hopes then you are emotionally picking the scabs of your life and not allowing healing to take place. But once you take your eyes off of your wounds and put them onto His, you give your scabs the space to heal. And your heart is no longer broken, but whole and complete and with that comes the release of your doubt, fear, and worry over future woundedness, because you are certain that His wounds are enough to cover even those. So your self-protective urges may find rest from your incessant emotional itching.”

 

Excerpt from Own It. Get the rest of it here.

 

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