If you have ever had a broken bone or stitches for a cut or wound, you know that it’s dangerous out in the world and there are many ways to be hurt and scarred and wounded in life. But there are other wounds that aren’t as visible as the cuts and wounds in our physical bodies. These are the hidden wounds of life such as horrible memories, resentments, regrets, ridicule, worries and fears that we have from our past. We can get these hidden wounds anywhere and at any age. We can get them from our time at school. We can get hidden wounds from neighbors or so-called friends. We can get them in the work place from bosses or co-workers. But the deepest hidden wounds of all seem to come from our own families. They come from parents and spouses and former spouses. They come from brothers and sisters and from our own children. Everybody has hidden wounds of some kind. Often those hidden wounds are much harder to heal than physical wounds of broken bones or cuts and bruises.

Scriptures
Job 11:13-16; Psalm 32:3, 147:3; Matthew 6:15; Romans 12:2, 12:19; 2 Corinthians 1:4; Galatians 6:2; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 2:23; 1 John 1:9

Verse
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

Thought
People respond to hidden wounds in many different ways. But most people just clam up and stuff it down and try to put a lid on it. People are tired and worn out because they are using up all their emotional energy on the hidden wounds of the past. They spend so much time resenting and regretting and thinking about the person or people who hurt them. People plot how they’re going to get revenge or pay back and all their energy is focused on the past. That’s using up precious emotional energy so they have no energy to get on with their lives today.

Questions
Did you ever have a broken bone or stitches? Why do you think the deepest hidden wounds seem to come from our families? Do you believe, time heals everything? What are some things you have done to deal with your hidden wounds? Has anyone ever revealed their hidden wounds to you? Does forgiving people let them “off the hook?” Do you trust God to settle the score with those who have wounded you? Why should you forgive those people who have hurt you? How can you use the pain from your hidden wounds to help others? How hard has it been for you to open all the doors of your life to Jesus?

Response
Remember and put into practice those things God uses to heal our hidden wounds: 1. Admit the hurt that caused the inner wound(s) in your life. 2. Release those who have hurt and wounded you. 3. Replace the old lies that you’ve heard with God’s truth. 4. Refocus on the future. 5. Reach out to help others.

Prayer
Dear Lord Jesus, I come to you for the healing of my hidden inner wounds. I’ve tried on my own to deal with these wounds from the past and I just can’t get free of them. I now realize that only you can help me be truly free so that I can get on with my life. Give me the strength, from your Holy Spirit, I need to forgive those who have hurt and wounded me. I want to use my pain and experiences in order that I might help someone else who has also struggled the way I have. I trust you to work wonderfully in my life and heal me for your Glory! In Your name I pray, Amen.