Wounded but not Forgotten
We often think of this in terms of a physical wound, a sore or cut of some sort; but there are wounds that go much deeper than those. Wounds of the flesh are most often easily healed, but wounds of the spirit can often take a little more time to heal. We know that we can apply salves and ointments to wounds of the flesh, but spiritual wounds can only be healed through Jesus.
We may mistreat people…they are good enough in the moment, but then are cast aside for no apparent reason, other than we are selfish and full of self; or we know them only when we need something from them. What happens when this very person whom is always there for you, is really going through while they are putting aside their own needs to be an aide to you… And on the inside they are hurting and bleeding and now that you no longer need them, you have cast them aside. The wound deepens, making it that much harder to heal. Do you feel that you have a responsibility to be a help to others instead of always being the helped? God expects us to be a help one to another:
- 1 Corinthians 16:14
Let all your things be done with charity.
- Colossians 3:14
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
- 2 Timothy 3:10
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
- Galatians 5:14
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
- Ecclesiastes 4:10
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up
- 1 John 3:17
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
Sometimes we can be so self-centered, that we do not stop to think that the same individual that was such a source of strength to us may be in need of the very thing they so willingly given us. We are all human, and experience different emotions, and no person if they are truly honest with themselves want to feel as if they are unloved or forgotten. It should be easy to give back what we ourselves have so earnestly received. I had a friend tell me very recently,” the phone line works both ways”… well this is a true statement. We should never do anything because we expect something in return, but we should be real enough to know that everyone needs someone and simply being there for one another is the right thing to do.
As Christians we should know better than to behave in such a manner! 1 John 3:17 says, “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? It would be wise for each of us to remember that when we behave in such a manner, it is not pleasing to God. Though through this there is good news, “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.” (Jeremiah 30:17). Keep standing, and God will restore you, and pray for those who have cast you aside. Be encouraged, and know that though man has forgotten you, God is still with you, and if you call upon Him in the name of Jesus, he will indeed heal your wounds, amen!