Grace and peace be unto you.
A Word of Encouragement…
The Bible says, “And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail” (Isaiah 58:11). Jesus feels your pain and sees every part of your body that hurts. During his earthly ministry, he encountered a woman who was crying because her son had died. He looked at her with compassion and said, “Do not cry.” Then, he brought her son back to life (Luke 7:11-15).
I have heard heartbreaking stories of men and women who were severely abused, spiritually, physically, sexually, and psychologically. Their narratives brought me to tears as I try to understand the pain, betrayal, and helplessness that they endured. Some of them received spiritual, psychological, or psychiatric treatment and are healed, but the scars remain as vivid reminders of the trauma. On the other hand, others do not get the needed mental health treatment and live their lives with the open wounds. Therefore, they experience mental health issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, among others. Sadly, many of them engage in socially unacceptable behaviors that include taking drugs, drinking too much alcohol, sexual promiscuity, or abusing others in order to numb the pain that is hidden so deep within.
Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come so that you may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Jesus died on the cross to restore your good life that was taken away by people filled with hatred and who were being led by the devil. The past cannot be undone but Jesus can heal your wounds supernaturally or through mental health practitioners. Healing does not mean that you will forget the abuse. Sadly, you will remember but there will be no pain attached to your memories. The question of why you were abused will surface occasionally, however as you get closer to Christ, your purpose becomes clearer and the answer is revealed.
Perhaps you are asking the question, how can I receive healing? There are two methods that you can consider. Firstly, you can give all your hurts and pains to Jesus and trust him to take care of them. The Bible says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). Jesus will perform surgery on your mind and heart to remove the strongholds and pains associated with the abuse. He will rewire your mind and emotions to function accurately. Furthermore, he will give you the medication of faith and meditating on relevant scripture to ensure complete healing of your thoughts, emotions, spirit, and body. Secondly, you can utilize the services of trained mental health therapists if your faith is not strong enough to believe Jesus for healing.
Jesus said, “Satan has asked to sift you as wheat but he has prayed for you that your faith will not fail…” (Luke 22:31-32). The abuse that you experienced is not a surprise to God. He knew everything that would happen to you before you were born. Therefore, he has given you his Holy Spirit to help you heal, accept and enjoy the abundant life that is available.