How Christians Should Deal with Hurt – Part 2
Psalm 42:11 – Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
We cannot find that healing if we allow the hurt to cause us so much injury that it prevents us from walking in obedience. We are in God’s Kingdom and to walk with a king, there would be protocol. The protocol to walking with God our King is that we should love and show forgiveness to those that hurt us as we have been forgiven when we hurt God.
Mark 12: 30-31 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. 31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
Jesus told us that we must forgive those who trespass against us. Hurt leads to hate and unforgiveness and these injuries will prevent us from having a successful walk with God which leads to a successful and fulfilled life.
Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favour and honour; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
Our walk will not be blameless if we walk in hate and unforgiveness. This could close us off to others being forgiving and loving towards us also.
You know, too much sugar causes cavities in our teeth. Too much hurt can cause a cavity in your soul and would prevent you from fulfilling God’s request to love Him with all of your soul.
God wants us to walk with Him and not run, jog or steam ahead or lag behind but to actually walk with Him.
People say, ‘Oh! A good form of exercise is to go walking.’ I personally think it’s the worst form of exercise ever and I’m in good company with Joyce Meyer. She said she detested walking and I’ll rather go on a tread mill in the gym. But I actually thought about it. I don’t actually hate walking, it’s the type of walking that I’m not comfortable with.
Walking with a friend up to the bank or walking with the power walkers: what is the difference? When you walk with a friend, there would be fellowship between you two as you do so. The two friends would spend time, confining chatting, advising comforting and encouraging each other. Even a long walk would seem short as this interaction is embarked upon.
The devil loves a hurting spirit for a hurt spirit is an injured spirit. Injured spirits are easier to catch, manipulate and use to do evil.
1 Peter 5:8
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Be wise because when you are weak, that is the time that the devil will strike. The Bible says that he’s like a roaring lion. Do you watch wildlife documentaries? If you do, you would have observed that lions don’t usually attack elephants. However, they will follow an injured one waiting for it to get so weak so they can move in for the kill and devour it.
For further study:
Joshua 22:5, Deuteronomy 10:12, Jeremiah 7:23
Personal declaration for the day:
I will not hold on to hurts. I will deal with them and get restored.
Questions for you to reflect on:
How can you help hurting people?
Do you know that offence will always come?
Would it not be wise to always deal with it in order for it not to hinder our breakthroughs?