He Heals the Broken-hearted
By Nina Medrano –
Life is a series of relationships. Some are good, some bad, some long-term, some short-term, some that warm the heart, and some that grieve the soul.I remember when I thought I was so in love that I overlooked the fact that I was in a harmful relationship. Oftentimes, in a harmful situation we deceive ourselves into thinking that we can change the other person. Thus, we remain in a destructive relationship.
In my case, when the relationship ended, I grieved for years. It felt like part of my soul died, and, truth be known, part of it did. I locked myself in my bedroom crying and sleeping for a year. When friends or family came to check on me I was not good company. Often, I would not even take their calls.
During that season, memories flooded my soul. Of course, it was the good memories that would pull at me to return. They served as enticements to allure me back into this harmful relationship. As I entertained those thoughts I would reason ways to make this relationship work. Of course, I was lying to myself.
I am reminded of the Apostle Paul’s writing to the Romans regarding the strife that goes on in the human heart: “But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me” (Romans 7:23 NLT).
It was a daily fight.
It took almost a year for my broken body to mend and heal. Yet, my soul continued to grieve. I knew that the healing of my soul would come from my relationship with my heavenly Father, so I made every effort to draw close to Him. I prayed and studied His Word continuously and surrounded myself with godly people. Soon thereafter, I sensed God was drawing closer to me as well. From then on, I began to heal. The second year was less painful and by the third year, God had restored my joy and peace of mind.
During this process I learned the power of forgiveness “and that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through Christ for the pulling down of strongholds” (II Corinthians 10: 3-5 NLT).
Now, when the painful memories surface, I quickly forgive the offender and ask God to heal the event, and God takes care of the rest.
Nina Medrano is a native Texan who writes for The Christian Pulse and a church blog, www.cotrwomensministry.blogspot.com.