Last night, I found myself praying for a particular situation and God showed me something about it that I wanted to share. Why? Because I believe there are others who need to hear it and might find it beneficial to think upon.
A wound, as defined by google is an injury to living tissue caused by a cut, blow, or other impact, typically one in which the skin is cut or broken.
When you inflict a wound on someone you love, if you really love that person you are going to want to apply some tender loving care. You will long for their forgiveness; you will carefully cleanse it, apply some healing ointment or balm and wrap it up to shelter it from the elements. You will then be careful not to bump into it, or do anything to hinder the healing process.
Let’s switch our minds to emotional wounds. I know I’ve inflicted some of those before too. I have found the following to be true. If I handle this type of wound the same way, it may still leave a scar, the size depending on the wound, but it eventually heals. So, if I cleanse it with apologies and forgiveness, removing any infection of bitterness, then I apply love and healing, edifying words and then be very careful with that wound, it will heal a lot faster and leave a smaller scar.
However, if I keep picking at it, pour salt in it and keep ripping over the covering that protects it from the elements, it remains raw and festering. This wound isn’t getting time to heal in a calm, loving, drama-free environment. The result can be infection and even eventually, loss.
If we wound people, or they wound us, let’s be mindful of these principles as best as we are able. If we do, we can make great strides in areas of healing.
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.