Forgiveness and Emotional Healing

At a home fellowship group, we were talking about forgiveness.  One of my friends said, “I’ve forgiven the people who hurt me, but I can’t seem to forget about it.  The incident keeps coming back to my mind and it hurts so much.”

She was amazed and relieved when I told her, “There’s a difference between forgiving someone and asking God to heal the wound.”  It was one of those ‘aha’ moments for her. Slowly, she has entered into a deeper process of healing and forgiveness that is bringing to her the freedom which had eluded her for so many years.

One of the reasons I wrote Soul Surgeon was because I have met hundreds of people over the years who have been given well-intentioned, but ultimately unhelpful, counsel from a church leader. Often, rather than receiving counsel which led to healing and maturity, they have gone away feeling unheard, judged or confused. Sometimes the advice worked–for a short time–but because the wound was left unhealed and the sin unconfessed the problems soon returned.   It wasn’t because the pastor or leader intended to cause hurt; rather, it was because they didn’t have the tools to help.

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