Life Happens but God Restores
All of us, regardless of how spiritual, will experience moments when due to betrayals, misunderstanding, or faced with hatred and bitterness, will be knocked to our knees and left feeling devastated. Leaders are definitely no exception to this awful reality and the truth is our reality is just the opposite; we are far more susceptible. These moments can be overwhelming.
The Bible teaches us in Proverbs 18:14, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” Man can endure much physical affliction. The body can, as it were, fall back upon the support of the spirit when it is distressed and weakened; but when the spirit itself is broken, grieved, wearied, and debilitated, it has no resource, no higher faculty to which it can appeal, and it must succumb beneath the pressure [Pulpit Commentary].
There will come a time in your ministry when you will be wounded. People will hurt you, walk out on you, and some will even try to destroy your ministry. You can try to be strong, brush it off and act like it’s just par for the course, but the truth is, it hurts.
Jesus himself suffered rejection and betrayal by those closest to him. In John Chapter 6, the Bible says that many of Jesus’ disciples turned back and walked with him no more. He then asked the twelve that were closest to him, “Will you also go away?” Will you abandon me as well? Peter, in turn, denied him three times, and that at the moment Jesus needed him the most.
The hurts will come, but it’s how we deal with the wound that determines our destiny. Hurting people hurt people and a leader with a wounded spirit has to be careful that he does not lash out at others to try to justify his own hurt.
How does healing come? Isolation is not the answer. The enemy would love you to isolate you from the body, but that is only detrimental to you.
Spiritual People can Restore You.
Just as people are usually the source of hurt, they can also be the source of healing.
People who are hurting can find comfort from trusted mentors who can help them deal with the issue.
The Holy Ghost is called the Comforter for a Reason.
Our other source is from God himself! “Who was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.”
“The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18).
“He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).
The feeling of our infirmities can touch him because he himself has been there.
He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, he was despised and rejected of men, he was a wounded spirit and now he is a wounded healer.
Learn to Walk in Forgiveness.
To avoid harm to our spirit, we must walk in forgiveness.
Just as it takes time for a physical injury to heal, hurts to the spirit or heart also require time to heal.
Your hurt doesn’t have to define you, but your reaction to it will.
Let it become a defining moment that propels you into a new level in your relationship with God.