Emotional Surgery

“Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.” Psalm 61:1-3 King James Version

A friend of mine had to have both of her knees replaced because she was in extreme pain when she walked. Her husband told me that she could barely walk across the room. After she had her knees replaced, she was in a lot of pain while she was recovering from surgery. As I was thinking about her yesterday morning, the thought came to me that just as we need surgery when we are hurting physically, so we have to have emotional surgery when our hearts can’t take any more pain.

My friend’s doctor did the surgery, but her doctor or any other doctor couldn’t operate on a person’s heart that is broken and filled with despair and repair it. Sometimes our hearts are so broken and so crippled with the lack of self esteem, and have become so full of depression, discouragement, fears, loneliness, confusion and doubts from years of emotional pain that we are literally unable to get out of bed. Only the great Physician, our precious Saviour, can repair a heart that is shattered into little pieces and lifeless.

When Jesus in His great compassion and mercy, lovingly and tenderly removed the years of emotional pain from my heart, it felt as if someone had removed a heavy boulder from off of my heart. However, just as my friend had pain while she was recovering from her surgery, I also had pain when Jesus started working on my heart. I had to let go of all of the bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness and hatred that I had in my heart for the ones who had hurt me.

It wasn’t easy for me to do that and in my own strength I could never have done it but the more I fell in love with Jesus, the easier it was for me to forgive the people that had said so many cruel things to me over the years. One day God took me out to His woodshed and spoke to my heart. If you have ever been in His woodshed then you know that it is painful. He said to me “Don’t ask Me to forgive you if you aren’t willing to forgive the ones who have hurt you. It is true that you have been hurt a lot but you have also hurt your family and your friends. Don’t dwell on your past. Live for today. I can’t forgive you if you won’t forgive the ones who have hurt you.”

I think sometimes we bring a lot of pain on ourselves that we wouldn’t have if we would only learn to forgive from our hearts. I read someplace, I don’t remember where, “When you don’t forgive people, you aren’t hurting them because they could care less. You are only hurting yourself”. The most important thing that we need to understand is that when we don’t forgive people, we bring disgrace on the precious name of Jesus and hurt Him.

We read in the Bible “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25: 40). Are you hurting Jesus because you won’t forgive the people who have hurt you?

JoanneCopyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.
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