THE HEALER OF EMOTIONAL
WOUNDS
HOPE FOR THE
HURTING
HEAL MY PEOPLE
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up
their wounds. Psalm 147:3 (KJV).
WHO IS THIS GREAT HEALER?
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Heal me O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be
saved. Jeremiah 17:14
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Jesus went throughout Galilee teaching in their synagogues,
preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every
disease and sickness among the people .
News about Him spread all over Syria and people brought to
him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering
severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures and
the paralyzed, and he healed them.
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THE GREAT HEALER
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God is such that His heart intensely yearns to heal
and repair his creation.
Mankind has become so terribly marred by sin,
sorrow, evil and countless disorders which affects
the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual
components of man’s being.
Men suffer from sickness, birth defects, emotional
illness, death and bereavement, loneliness,
behavioural dysfunction and a lot of heartaches and
problems known to man.
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God wants to repair these blotches on His beautiful
handiwork. Since these wounds abound world wide,
healing, repair and restoration can never be far from
God’s thoughts.
Thus, he has pledged repeatedly in both Testaments
that he will completely repair the earth and all
creation. He will heal the world’s uncountable
sorrows and restore the human race to a position of
nobility
EMOTIONAL WOUND HEALING
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What is an emotional wound?
What is healing?
Why promote healing?
Signs of emotional wounding
Causes of emotional wounds
Steps to promote healing
The Great healer
AN EMOTIONAL WOUND
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From a physical point of view, the word
“wound” refers to a living or body tissue that
is damaged. It is visible and one can see if it
is a big or small wound.
When the word is linked to emotions, it refers
to the damage to one’s emotions. Such
damage is not visible to one’s eyes and
people may not be aware of the injury.
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A wounded heart occurs when someone or
something brings hurt to your emotions.
“ The words of a talebearer are as wounds and
they go down into the innermost parts of the
belly.” Proverbs 26:22
WHAT IS HEALING?
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The Hebrew word for “heal” is the verb rapha pronounced “rawfaw” which means to repair, restore health, heal, mend, fix or
cure.
Rapha occurs more than 60 times in the Old Testament. In
Genesis 20:17 Abram prayed to God for Abimelech’s healing
and God healed him and his household.
In Exodus 15:26 the Lord says; “ I am the Lord that healeth
thee.
Rapha also occurs in many well known verses such as Psalm
103:3 referring to the Lord “who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
who healeth all thy diseases.” Psalm 107:20 says:” he sent His
word, and healed them”. In Isaiah 53:5, the Bible says we are
healed by the stripes of God’s sacrificed Lamb, Jesus the
Messiah
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In Psalm 41:4 David says:’ Lord, be merciful unto
me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.”
The human soul often needs healing. Brokenness,
injury of the soul can be caused by sin and an act of
God’s mercy brings healing to the soul.
Mental health professionals deal with multitudes of
mentally injured or traumatized people. Sometimes
they succeed in promoting healing and sometimes
they do not when such healing is beyond human
hands.
WHY PROMOTE HEALING?
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To get rid of an emotional pain.
To prevent the wound from festering and
getting worse.
Healed wounds promote self-confidence,
emotional intelligence, spiritual maturity,
contentment and honest relationships.
UNHEALED WOUNDS
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An unhealed wound has a sabotaging effect
or detrimental effect on both physical and
mental health such as flattened positive
feelings or not performing at our best.
The price you pay for not attending to your
hurts is what happens later in the different
areas of your life like relationships, marriage
and work.
UNTREATED EMOTIONAL WOUNDS
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Cause physical, mental, emotional and
spiritual impairment.
They can set off mental health disorders
such as depression, anxiety and addiction.
They can wipe out relationships, add to job
failures, obscure life’s purposes and
ultimately destroy life.
SIGNS OF EMOTIONAL WOUNDING
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Anger, sadness, fear, anxiety, shame, bitterness,
cynical, selfishness, vengeful, depression or
obsessive behaviour.
Negative interpretation of events
Low self esteem
Over-sensitivity to a critical comment.
The more wounds you have, the less happy you feel
because now and then something will touch your
wounds and make you feel bad.
CAUSES OF EMOTIONAL WOUNDS
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Rejection, retrenchment or disappointment.
Abuse: physical (rape & domestic violence)
and emotional abuse
Betrayal or an affair
Divorce or a break of a close relationship
Death of a loved one
Chronic or life threatening illness
A traumatic event
CAUSES OF EMOTIONAL WOUNDS
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A wide range of life factors can cause
emotional wounds and open emotional
sores.
Most however are caused by someone or an
event that emotionally hurts you.
Those caused by people; someone saying or
doing things to hurt you, spreading rumours
to discredit a person, rude degrading
remarks and abuse of any form
CAUSES OF EMOTIONAL WOUNDS
Emotional wounds caused by events
- Death of a loved one, physical impairment due to an
accident or illness, loss of material possession, an
affair, trauma, persecution, violence or war
Wounds that do not heal can contaminate every aspect
of your life.
Open wounds affect how you view the world, how you
relate to others and how you conduct your life in
general
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MOST COMMON CAUSES
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Disappointment
Rejection
An affair
Divorce
Death
Domestic violence
Rape
children
TREATING YOUR WOUND
Attending to the hurt, letting the injustice go, forgiving
and acquiring proper emotional self- defence skills
will minimise the risk of further infection and
maximise the healing process.
“ you cannot prevent the birds of sadness from flying
over your head but you can prevent them from
nesting in your hair.”
Chinese Proverb
STEPS TO PROMOTE HEALING
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These differ according to the causes of the wounds.
Healing from infidelity or divorce may differ from
bereavement, rape or domestic violence
GENERAL STEPS
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The exploration of hurt, (what happened and
how),
Expression of feelings (anger, hurt,
sadness),
Getting caring attention and hope,
Gaining perspective on your hurt, (why and
the true significance of it or the bigger picture
Forgiveness (move on without negative
feelings towards the person who hurt you)
HEALING AFTER THE TRAUMA OF
DIVORCE OR DEATH OF A LOVED
ONE
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Shock
Denial. You refuse to believe it has
happened. You believe it is a mistake
Bargaining/appeasement. You apologize,
comply, try to win her/him back
Depression. Feelings of gloom,
hopelessness and sadness,
The journey may differ from person to person
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Christ can bring hope to those who are hurting and
are in great pain because of illness, loss and
disappointment in their lives.
He promised to be with us when we go through
difficulties. “ when you pass through the waters, I will
be with you and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you. When you walk
through the fire, you will not be burned the flames
will not set you ablaze.
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When you are emotionally wounded, he
promises to be with you. He is there in your
pain and He understands it and will help you
heal.
It might be a pain of a chronic illness,
depression, divorce, a stormy marriage,
wayward children or death of a loved one.
Expect the help of God as you struggle to
heal. He is there all the time.
JESUS CHRIST THE HEALER
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The great Physician heals both emotional
and physical disorders. An Old hymn states “
There is a balm in Gilead, to make the
wounded whole…to heal the sin-sick soul.”
Jesus healed those who were physically and
mentally sick who came to him. He will do the
same for us if we come to Him in prayer. We
should only believe.
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“Come to me all you who are weary and
burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew
11:28.
Come to me all you who have emotional
wounds and I will give you healing.
The Great Healer. He is a healer to me.
THANK YOU
GOD BLESS