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Bondage or Bandage?
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Bondage or Bandage?

Here’s our translation of Isaiah 61:1-3 (the passage of Scripture we mentioned on page four):

God has sent Me on a mission and I’ve got good news for you. I’m here to heal your heart. I will give you joy where you’ve only known pain and shame. I will give you beauty where you’ve only known devastation.

[LINK] Do you want that kind of healing? Joy from pain? Beauty from devastation? Jesus said He can do it, if we’ll take the first—and most important—step toward healing: bring our wounds to Him.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

If you don’t tend to scrapes and cuts, they’ll get infected. If we don’t take our heart and soul wounds to God, they’ll get infected too. Wounds that aren’t dealt with will fester and rapidly grow into bitterness, resentment, anger, lack of trust, and other not-so-pleasant emotions (Hebrews 12:15).

If wounds are left unaddressed for a long time, they’ll not only cause bitterness, anger, and such, they’ll also cause bitter and angry people. Unattended wounds can infect and poison an entire person. (Ever met someone who has a perpetual chip on his or her shoulder? It’s probably because they were wounded, and now they’re infected.) That sounds gruesome, but here’s the take-home point: if we don’t take our wounds to the Great Physician, we’re taking further blows to our hearts.

[THINK] The key to healing is withholding no part of our lives from God. Have you talked to God about your hurt? Have you exposed it to Him? Have you truly and completely poured out all of your feelings, your shame, and your anger? If you haven’t, it’s time. All that’s required of you to start on your journey toward healing is a simple, “Yes. Okay, Lord. Let’s talk about this. For real.” Tell Him everything. He sees it all—but He’s waiting for you to admit it and invite Him in to heal. That way the two of you can go through the process together.

[LIVE] A lot of times, when people are wounded, they try to heal themselves. They try to bandage or fix their own wounds. They build up walls to protect their hearts. Hear us when we say this: There are wounds in our hearts that we are helpless to fix. Our temporary bandages may cover and hide our wounds, but they don’t heal them. God is the only One who can truly heal us.

Only you know whether or not you’ve talked to God about how you’re hurt. Only you know whether or not you’ve tried to fix yourself, act tough, stuff your feelings, or hide things from Him. God wants an open invitation to heal your heart. It’s up to you to drop your guard. Arise, cry out . . . pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord (Lamentations 2:19).

[NXT LVL] Are you hurting? Stop what you’re doing. Talk to the Healer. If it helps you gather your thoughts, write out your feelings to Him.

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Reprinted with permission from YouthWalk magazine, © 2005 Walk Thru the Bible, Inc. To learn more about YouthWalk, visit www.youthwalk.org

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