Wounds and guilt

Painting of David with his harp, Paris Psalter, c. 960, Constantinople

He sent his word and healed them.

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Psalm 107:20; Isaiah 55:7.

For many of us the wounds of life are numerous. They go deep and are painful, like the loss of a loved one, divorce, injustice, ill treatment, violence, unemployment etc.. They often leave unpleasant scars. The wounds, like guilt, promote feelings of rejection, abandonment and a whole procession of troubles: anguish, depression, quite apart from the feeling of loneliness.

Who has no need of healing and forgiveness? The Bible states that God “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3). He is the true refuge for those who are suffering.

His love was demonstrated when Jesus came to earth to be laden with our griefs (cf. Isaiah 53:4). Moreover, on the cross He bore the punishment that our sins deserved. Jesus is the sole source of life and peace. He is also the only One who can deliver and comfort. The sufferings of life should thrust us into God’s arms. He can turn a desert into an oasis (cf. Psalm 107:35) and a prison into a place of rejoicing.

It is primarily God’s forgiveness that we need. Jesus secured it at the cross. Don’t let your past hold you back. Come to Him who can fulfil all your aspirations: forgiveness, truth, cleansing, consolation etc.. God has plans of peace for all who put their confidence in Him.

Image: By Artist: Unknown – Belmont University [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7588357