The Gifts Part 17
Now that we’ve established the first sort of healing we require is spiritual healing and that something such as bitterness or unforgiveness often times stands in the way of receiving it let us proceed to the second kind of healing that we can receive, or that is readily available to us, and that is inner healing or the healing of the heart.
To this day I cannot understand believers who still walk around with broken hearts, knowing that one of the things Jesus Himself affirmed He had been sent to do was to heal the brokenhearted.
There is healing in Christ Jesus that goes beyond physical healing, there is healing in Christ Jesus that is more important than an ache or a pain going away, or a broken finger being set aright. There are things that Jesus heals that would do far more damage to us both physically and spiritually than an ailment or a disease if they continued unchecked. Oddly enough we are reticent when it comes to asking for healing concerning aspects of our lives other than the physical, believing that it is the physical that takes priority over all else.
There are things that are far more detrimental to our wellbeing than physical irregularities, yet we somehow manage to either ignore or overlook them until their presence is as a crushing heavy weight upon our souls. The God who created us, knowing us better than we know ourselves, prioritized the sort of healing we would need to be complete and to be whole, and on the list of priorities, the healing of the heart, or the healing of the brokenhearted is one notch above physical healing as far as our need is concerned.
Although some of us might be quick to say we would rather have physical healing than be healed of a broken heart, especially if you suffer from a chronic and painful malady like I do, God knows best, His knowledge is all encompassing, and in His complete knowledge of His creation it is the healing of one’s heart that takes preeminence over the healing of one’s body. When I speak of the healing of one’s heart I am not speaking of coronary disease, heart murmurs, or other maladies of the heart as an organ, but rather the healing of one’s broken heart, or the healing of the brokenhearted.
Isaiah 61:1-3, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn ,to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
Although Jesus was anointed to preach good tidings to the poor, He was sent by God specifically to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. Jesus does all these things that we might complete, that we might be called trees of righteousness, planted of God, that through our bringing forth the fruit of righteousness God may be glorified. In order for us to be complete and fruitful, our hearts must be healed, for if they are not, then no fruit of righteousness will grow therein.
Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?”
Jesus heals the heart of wickedness, of doubt, of unbelief, of malice, of hate, of envy, of covetousness, of bitterness, of jealousy, of rebellion, and a host of other things with which the heart must contend. He was sent specifically for this purpose, to give hope to the hopeless, to bring joy to the mourning, and to console the household of faith for it is the household of faith, the Congregation of God that makes up the Zion of which the scripture in Isaiah speaks of.
There are various reasons by which one comes to be brokenhearted, whether the loss of a child, a spouse, a parent, a loved one, a failure of some sort, wide ranging abuse from verbal to physical, all these things can bring about a broken heart, but no matter the reason, no matter the horrors of the past, Jesus is able and willing to bind up and heal the brokenhearted.
It is a tragedy indeed when one knows that they have the means by which their healing can occur, when they know that they no longer have to suffer, when they have been assured that Jesus will bind their broken heart, yet still wander about attempting to find other means by which they might attain their healing. There is nothing in this world that can heal the brokenhearted, there is no other power or authority in the universe that can do what Jesus can, and look as we might, try as we might, seek as we might, we will not find a substitute or a surrogate for Christ.
As a child of God you have access to the inner healing that only Christ can perform, He will gladly bind up your broken heart, and heal the wounds and the hurts and the disappointments that you might be that tree of righteousness, planted by God, deeply rooted in truth, and joy and peace and holiness.
Unlike a sprain, a strain, or a muscle cramp, a broken heart will not go away on its own given enough time, it will not simply disappear, but it is always there, constantly reminding you of your past hurt until the great Healer binds it up, and until He heals it.
I’ve known people who have held on to something that shattered their heart, something that broke them, not for months, or years, but decades on end, passing from this earth with that heartbreak fresh on their minds. Jesus can heal the brokenhearted if only they would let Him in.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.