healing wounds of the past

New York Times best-selling author and therapist, John Eldredge, says this about healing, “The healing of our wounds flows out of our Union with God, Christ. He says these following steps must be taken if we are going to find the healing we so desperately need:

John Eldredge


1.) SURRENDER TO GOD. The branch must be returned to the tree, the giver of life. There must be union with God. Then we must


2.) GRIEVE THE WOUND. Acknowledging that the wound was not your fault and that it mattered. John says “That it is so important for us to grieve our wound; it is the only honest thing to do. For in grieving we admit the truth, that we were hurt by someone we loved, that we lost something very dear, and it hurt us very much. Grief is a form of validation; it says the wound mattered.”


3.) We must LET GOD GET REAL CLOSE. We must get so vulnerable as to simply let ourselves be loved by God. Stating that abiding in the love of God is our only hope, the only true home for hearts. And


Your wound is probably not your fault,
but your healing is your responsibility.

4.) We must FORGIVE. He reminds us, that forgiveness is not a feeling it is a choice. “Don’t wait to forgive until you feel like forgiving; you will never get there. Feelings take time to heal after the choice to forgive is made. We must allow God to bring the HURT up from our past, for if your forgiveness doesn’t visit the emotional core of your life, it will be incomplete. Forgiveness never says it doesn’t matter. No, Forgiveness says, it was wrong, it mattered, and I release you.”

Is there a wound from your past that needs to be healed? Would you take a moment now – take responsibility for your healing – and engage in the above four steps.

You owe it to yourself to heal. And even more then your friends and your family want it for you, God, wants it for you. Your creator wants you to be healed, made whole and be free from your past – so that you can be present & co-create your future with Him!


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