There is a significant difference between physical healing and emotional healing. With proper care, a broken bone will heal in 6-20 weeks or more if in-depth physical trauma is involved. Even so, the body initiates the healing process immediately from physical injuries.
Emotional neglect or trauma can occur in childhood or as an adult from various situations. The absence of love always produces a broken child or adult. And sadly, the mind does not have the capability of healing itself without Divine intervention. Even if the individual appears to be okay, triggers will cause the brokenness to surface.
Therapeutic intervention from Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Therapists, Behavioral Health specialists, and Addiction Counselors can only teach behavior modification, coping mechanisms, and prescribing medications for their clients.
After working as a Registered Nurse in Behavioral/Mental Health for 20 years, I do not speak against therapeutic intervention. Yet, only Jesus Christ, the Creator of the human mind, can provide complete healing and restoration.
Without Divine healing, we continue to mistreat ourselves and others and make decisions that negatively affect our lives. In 2022, Christian believers face three issues: (1) The inability to love. (2) Uncontrolled emotional responses–insecurity, loneliness, fear, anxiety, depression, overly needy, and sadness. (3) Staying in unhealthy relationships–either toxic, abusive, dependent, or with someone for years who is unable to love, provide financially, or remains emotionally distant.
How many women are waiting to become a wife to a man who says, “It isn’t the right time?” And countless married women and men readily express their loneliness on social media platforms.
Do you want to be healed?
Why is it imperative that we go to God for help? God, who is love, created us in love and defines a healthy emotional state of mind in 1 Corinthians chapter 13. The root of all emotional issues is having the wrong perception of love. It could be a familial trait that indicates learned behavior [lack of affection and positive reinforcement]. Or abject abuse and neglect produced an unloved child who matures into an adult who is broken.
Why is it necessary to speak about emotional brokenness?
“Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.'” (Matthew 22:37 NLT)
Whether we have a deficit or the people we are involved with, emotional health impacts one’s spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ. Emotionally unhealthy people cannot have productive relationships, not even with God! Brokenness prevents us from understanding that God is love! We will view God as a punitive Judge instead of a loving, Heavenly Father. It takes God to break the cycle! We have to make a free will choice to pray and ask for God’s help to become whole.
Throughout His short life on earth, Jesus Christ focused on faith-based healing.
“That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.” (Matthew 8:16)
“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.” (Matthew 9:35)
The question that Jesus asked the crippled man at the pool of Bethesda was, “Do you want to be healed?” is the same question He is asking the emotionally broken in 2022.
Prayer: Jesus, we pray in faith asking for Your healing touch and anointing of our minds to rid us of all emotional brokenness. Thank You for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in Your name. Amen.