Think You’ll Never Be Healed? Don’t Buy the Lie
It took my friend, Jean, about a year to even bring up the subject with me. She had done something years ago that she was still ashamed of. She couldn’t forgive herself or believe that God could forgive her, either.
Jean had made a decision, years earlier, to terminate her pregnancy because she believed not having the baby would be more “convenient.” She could barely talk about it, let alone forgive herself.
Many of us believe we can never really be healed of our hurts and offenses. In my book When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts, I offer “Ten Steps to Healing and Wholeness” and this week’s is: Believe that Jesus’ death on the cross was enough to heal the very deepest of wounds — even the self-inflicted ones.
If you believe God could never forgive you, or if you’re struggling to forgive yourself for something in your past, these steps toward healing are for you:
- Cry out to God from your brokenness – Tell Him you need His love and forgiveness. Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
- Confess to Him all that is on your heart – First John 1: 9 tells us: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
- Claim His complete healing and forgiveness – We are told “without faith it is impossible to please (God)” (Hebrews 11:6). And therefore, we must, by faith, believe that when Jesus died on the cross, He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities and by His stripes (wounds) we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5).
- Commit Psalm 103:12 to memory — “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). Make it your lifeline.
Don’t buy the lie that you can never be healed. Your healing has already been accomplished. Accept it, my friend. And move on.
Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and author of several books, including When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts. For more on her books and free resources to strengthen your soul, see www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.